Whilst continuing expansion in the region, Sri Lankan commenced flying to Jeddah, its third destination in Saudi Arabia, after Riyadh and Dammam, thus increasing the number of destinations in the Middle East to nine.
The aircraft were used on flights to Europe and a few flights to southeast Asia.
This move added ten new destinations to Sri Lankan's route network.
In October 2017, Sri Lankan launched direct daily non-stop flights to Melbourne, Australia, its first new long haul route in over five years and the most ambitious expansion to date.
Following its partial acquisition in 1998 by Emirates, it was re-branded and introduced the current livery.
After ending the Emirates partnership, it has continued using its re-branded name and logo.