On 8 June 1984 the airline received its first Boeing 747-200B "King Vijaya" and the second joined later.
Accordingly, Sri Lankan took over two of Mihin Lanka's aircraft and absorbed all of its route network.
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.
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.
The designs are based on the patterns of Peacock which also used for its livery.
Air Lanka, which was state-owned, was partially privatized in 1998, with investment by Dubai-based Emirates Group, when Emirates and the Sri Lankan government signed an agreement for a ten-year strategic partnership.