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Etihad to Stage Grand Prix Fly-by

Etihad to Stage Grand Prix Fly-by

Spectators at the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday will be wowed by a low flying Airbus A340-600 shortly before racing commences.

As tension reaches fever pitch on the grid in the moments before the lights go green at 17.00 (UAE time), the specially liveried aircraft will swoop over the racetrack at a height of 600 feet (183 metres) piloted by A330/A340 Chief Pilot Giorgio Evangelisti. It will be in the air for one hour, during which time it will make several passes.

Etihad Airways F1 aircraft

Etihad Airways F1 aircraft

The aircraft is one of two specially F1-liveried planes. Both were flown to Hamburg Finkenweder Airport in order to be painted with the distinctive chequered flag design.

Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said: “The fly-bys are becoming a tradition at the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. We certainly feel they add to the colour and spectacle of the day. Etihad Airways is very proud of its sponsorship of the F1 Grand Prix on Yas Island, and the fly-bys are intended as a celebration of our involvement.”

Etihad Grid Girls

Etihad Airways has outfitted 90 promotional cabin crew in custom uniforms for the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. These ‘grid girls’ will be hoisting signs to identify drivers on the circuit, as well as hosting merchandise stands, the Six Senses Spa stand and the VIP Paddock Club.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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