Etihad Airways has marked the opening of the new runway at Velana International Airport in the Maldives by operating one of its Airbus A380 aircraft to the island nation. The new 3,400 metre-long and 60-metre-wide runway is the first in the Maldives capable of supporting an A380.
The special Etihad operation was piloted by first officer, Ali Ahuson, who is from the Maldives. Etihad Airways' A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats - up to two guests in the Residence, nine first apartments, 70 business studios and 415 economy smart seats. Etihad is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.