Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai, Air Arabia and the Al Fursan aerobatic display team took to the skies in unison today to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day, as well as to commemorate the legacy and values of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founding father of the UAE.

The 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 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 Airline Airbus A380 (Zayed 4), as well as seven Al Fursan acrobatic display jets from the UAE Air Force.

All of the commercial aircraft in the formation were emblazoned with ‘Year of Zayed’ decals. This is also the first time this unique combination of aircraft types fly in formation.

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