General Travel News

UAE carriers join hands to celebrate the legacy of Sheikh Zayed on 47th National Day

Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Air Arabia and Al Fursan took to the skies in unison today to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day, as well as commemorate the legacy and values of HH Sheikh Zayed. The late founding father of the UAE dedicated his life and leadership to unify and shape a better collective future for the nation, and today’s formation flight is a soaring display of unity as all four carriers showcase the UAE’s aviation success story to the nation and world.

The spectacular flypast - a world-first and a UAE civil aviation milestone - involved over 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 Airline 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.

The aircraft were proudly commanded by Captain Adrian Smith from flydubai, Captain Nadhem Al Hamad from Air Arabia, Captain Richard Dyson from Etihad Airways and Captain Abbas Shaban from Emirates Airline. The Al Fursan team was led by Lieutenant Colonel Nasser Al Obaidli.


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.

Flying first in the ‘Year of Zayed’ formation was flydubai, cruising at an altitude of 1,000 feet and an airspeed of 210 knots, closely followed by Air Arabia, in line astern and stepped up at an altitude of 1,300 feet. Next came the Etihad Airbus A380 double-decker, trailing the first two aircraft  and flying at 1,600 feet, stepped up by the Emirates Airbus A380 flying at the highest altitude at 1,900 feet to make room for the seven Al Fursan jets set in an arrow formation ready to release their signature smoke trails in the colours of the UAE flag.

Together, the stunning UAE carrier formation flew with impressive precision across the coastline of the UAE, starting at Ras Al Khaimah, continuing on to Um 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.

More General Travel News
Spend your Eid al Adha break in Ras al Khaimah
View Dubai’s Iconic Landmarks in a Helicopter
ATM Dubai to launch Holiday Shopper on 27 April 2019
Latest Travel News
View Dubai’s Iconic Landmarks in a Helic...
Big jump in international passengers for...
flydubai will fly to Tashkent from 11 Ma...
Featured Sights To See
Grossmünster

Grossmünster

Zurich, Switzerland

Grossmünster, or 'Gross Monster' as it's lovingly referred to by English speakers, is Zurich's most important church and one of the city's most distinctive landmarks. The original church was supposedly commissioned by the Emperor Charlemagne himself.  It was also supposedly the burial place of Zurich's patron saints: Felix and Regula.  The present structure was built in the traditional G...

What to do with Children in Tow

What to do with Children in Tow

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Although it may not seem that way at first, Buenos Aires is an extremely safe and child friendly city. There are many child-friendly eateries and lots of parks to explore. Porteños adore children; you are bound to get into some interesting conversations with the locals that never would have happened if not for your little ones. Keeping the kids busy for hours will not be difficult in Buenos Aires....

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is famous for its rice paddy fields and a visit to Bali would be incomplete without a tour of one. The Tegallalang Rice Terrace is located about 5 kilometres to the north of Ubud, and from the highest point you can take in the breathtaking views of the paddy fields. There are more than one tour operators; you can ask your hotel reception for a brochure on the different operators for a bet...

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is an Olympic city. Having hosted the 1952 Olympic Games at this renowned stadium, today the place stands as a big tourist attraction. It now serves as a sports museum and venue for live entertainment events since it has a capacity of over 40,000 people. There are soccer fields next to the stadium and the biggest attraction is the Uimastadion that is the largest outdoor pool in the city. ...