UAE carriers celebrate national day with 'Year of Zayed' aerial display

World-first flying formation with four types of commercial aircraft from Emirates, Etihad, Air Arabia and flydubai, and seven Al Fursan jets
UAE carriers celebrate national day with 'Year of Zayed' aerial display
In total, the formation flight involved 11 aircraft a flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 (Zayed 1), an Air Arabia Airbus A320 (Zayed 2), an Etihad Airways Airbus A380 (Zayed 3) and an Emirates Airbus A380 (Zayed 4), as well as seven Al Fursan aerobatic display jets from the UAE Air Force.
By Staff writer
Sun 02 Dec 2018 04:44 PM

The UAE’s four carriers, along with the UAE Air Force, took to the skies to celebrate the country's 47th National Day, as well as commemorate the legacy and values of the UAE's founding father HH Sheikh Zayed.

The quartet completed a formation flight over the country in celebration of the UAE aviation success story.

In total, the formation flight involved 11 aircraft a flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 (Zayed 1), an Air Arabia Airbus A320 (Zayed 2), an Etihad Airways Airbus A380 (Zayed 3) and an Emirates Airbus A380 (Zayed 4), as well as seven Al Fursan aerobatic display jets from the UAE Air Force.

All of the commercial aircraft within the formation were emblazoned with ‘Year of Zayed’ decals.

Formation and flight path

The carefully choreographed ‘stair step’ aerial formation began this afternoon at 1300hrs, when the aircraft took-off from Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport.

Once all of the aircraft established their holding positions with altitudes ranging from 2,000 feet to 5,000 feet with a 1,000 foot vertical separation, the formation commenced.

Over the skies of Ras Al Khaimah, each aircraft adjusted its speed and turned to achieve a trail formation. The aircraft then descended into their positions and vertical separation was reduced to 300 feet.

Together, the UAE carrier formation flew across the coastline of the UAE, starting at Ras Al Khaimah, continuing on to Umm Al Quwain and Ajman, and then passing landmarks including the Sharjah Corniche, Dubai’s Palm and World Islands with the Burj Khalifa skyline in the background, and finally crossing the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, where all aircraft then split and continued on to their respective airports for landing.

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