Etihad Airways aircraft flys at 300 feet over Saadiyat Island for special "fly-past"
WAM ABU DHABI: Residents and holiday makers on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, were treated to a spectacular ultra low fly-past by an Etihad Airways aircraft today, Monday 21 May.
The aircraft, an Airbus A340-600, was taking part in promotional filming and photography for the Abu Dhabi-based airline, flying at 300 feet.
Dozens of on-lookers were thrilled at the rare sight of the wide-body aircraft flying across the pristine coast line of Saadiyat Island.
Etihad Airways worked closely with its colleagues at the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and other departments to ensure the smooth running of the promotion.
Giorgio Evangelisti, Etihad Airways' Chief A330 and A340 pilot, captained the flight. He said: "It was a real privilege to take command for this unprecedented flight.
"I have operated aircraft fly-pasts before, at the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but this occasion we flew much lower and I will treasure the memories forever." Photo caption: An Etihad Airways A340-600 aircraft conducts a special "fly-past" at Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi WAM/MMYS