Speaking to media, Airport Manager Upali Kalansuriya said, “It is iconic to have the world’s largest aircraft at MRIA. The aircraft arrived from Kuala Lumpur and has not scheduled a time of departure.”
The Antonov An-225 Mriya, a strategic airlift cargo aircraft, was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s. Powered by six turbofan engines, it is the heaviest aircraft ever built and has a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. The Mriya also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service.
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