Etihad fly past celebrates Sydney Opera House birthday

Abu Dhabi aircraft watched by 10,000 people as it flies at 2,000 ft above famous landmark
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 20 Oct 2013 02:25 PM

An Etihad Airways Airbus A340-600 on Sunday performed a low-altitude aerial salute to Sydney Opera House as part of the iconic venue’s 40th birthday celebrations.

The aircraft operating the commemorative flight flew at approximately 2,000 feet over the World Heritage-listed venue and along the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

The fly past was watched by more than 10,000 who had gathered at Sydney Opera House for a special Cake and A Song event.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and CEO, said: “As a partner of Sydney Opera House we are delighted to be part of its 40th birthday celebrations.

“On behalf of the Etihad Airways’ 16,500 staff worldwide, I extend our best wishes to the Government of New South Wales, Sydney Opera House Trust, and the people of Sydney on this special occasion.

“We are immensely proud to be the official international airline of Sydney Opera House and to support its mission to create, produce and present the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world.”

The Abu Dhabi-based airline is a major partner of the world-renowned performing arts venue which is famously located at Bennelong Point on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. Its sponsorship of Sydney Opera House is the airline’s most valuable and most significant arts and cultural investment worldwide.

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