Jeddah became the airline's 51st destination overall.Sri Lankan (and Air Lanka) mainly uses country's national dress, "Osariya" as the uniform for its female staffs (Stewardess & ground staff) whilst males were given the usual western black suit, during airlanka's days it was red in color.
After ending the Emirates partnership, it has continued using its re-branded name and logo.
Air Lanka's initial fleet consisted of two Boeing 707, leased from Singapore Airlines.
Sri Lankan acquired 6 Airbus A330-200s to complement its fleet of Airbus A340-300 and A320-200 aircraft.
The A330-200 aircraft joined the airline between October 1999 and July 2000.
With the introduction of Tristar aircraft, the Boeing 707s were phased out and sold.
Then another L1011 was leased from Air Canada whilst the third L1011 was purchased from All Nippon.
The government retained a majority stake in the airline, but gave full control to Emirates for investment and management decisions.
In 1998, the Air Lanka re-branded to Sri Lankan Airlines.
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