The Emirates A380, soared through the skies in an unprecedented flypast procession today, kicking off the 2019 Dubai Airshow. Spectators and aviation enthusiasts were able to watch a spectacular formation of 3 Chinook, 3 Black Hawk and 3 Apache helicopters, opening the way for the Emirates A380, closely followed by the UAE’s air display team, Al Fursan, set in an arrow formation. Al Fursan were closely trailed by an A330 MRTT aerial refuelling tanker aircraft, 4 F-16 Fighting Falcons, 1 Boeing C-17 military transport aircraft, and 4 Mirage 2000 single-engine jet fighters. All 27 aircraft flew past the Dubai World Centre (DWC) runway. The Emirates A380 flying display aircraft was emblazoned with green livery representing Expo 2020’s ‘sustainability’ theme. The special flypast was conducted at an altitude of 1000 feet with an airspeed of 250 knots. The seven Al Fursan jets produced their signature smoke trails in the colours of the UAE: red, black and green. Together, the flypast was a large and colourful start to the Dubai Airshow flying display programme, celebrating the UAE’s advancement in the areas of civil aviation and aerospace. The Emirates A380 was operated by Captain Abbas Shaban and Captain Patrick De-Roeck, supported by First Officer Colin Campbell.