Emirates Rolls Out Special Airbus A380 Livery Celebrating The UAE

Emirates has rolled out a special Airbus A380 livery to celebrate 50 years of the United Arab Emirates. The Airbus is one of a collection of aircraft from both the A380 and 777 families that are due to get the livery to recognize the country’s significant milestone.

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Emirates is rolling out a special livery to celebrate 50 years of the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Emirates

Emirates is no stranger to placing special liveries on its aircraft. To celebrate the 2020 world expo in Dubai, many of its jets were adorned with yellow, green, and blue dots. Meanwhile, when a world record for the most nationalities on a flight was smashed, this led to a special livery too.

50 years of the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates was founded on December 2nd, 1971. The country was initially founded with six of the seven Emirates that it consists of today, with Ras al-Khaimah joining on January 10th, 1972. As one of the country’s flag carriers, Emirates doesn’t want to let the special milestone pass without celebration.

So far, one of the airline’s Airbus A380 aircraft has been adorned with the special 50 years livery. A6-EVG first flew with the livery yesterday, visiting Frankfurt Airport. The German aviation hub seems popular for first A380 flights, with A6-EVN making its first passenger flight to the airport a couple of months ago.

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The decals take three days to apply, with 14 people needed for the operation. Photo: Emirates

According to data from ch-aviation.com, this Airbus A380 was delivered to Emirates on June 18th, 2019. Having made its first flight on October 18th, 2018, the plane is 2.83 years old, with a current market value listed at $78.39 million. Since delivery, the aircraft has operated 5,063 flight hours across 635 flight cycles as of March 31st.

More aircraft to be decorated

Emirates isn’t going to stop with one plane when it comes to the 50 years celebration. The airline revealed that the livery would be applied to a number of its aircraft from the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 families.

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The livery is based on the color gold, as 50 years marks a golden jubilee. The words United Arab Emirates 50 are posted on the side of the plane, one side in English and one side in Arabic. The word Emirates is the same design that features on the airline’s other aircraft. Meanwhile, the logo designed to recognize 50 years is contained within the zero of 50.

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In 2018 several aircraft received special liveries to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is credited with founding the UAE. Photo: Emirates

Rather than using paint to apply the detailed designs, Emirates is applying decals to its aircraft. According to the airline, it takes three days on average to apply the decals to each aircraft. Roughly 14 employees will be engaged with each aircraft that has the decals applied.

Commenting on the design, the airline’s CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said,

“The Golden Jubilee-themed aircraft are inspired by the vision, determination, and passion of the UAE’s founding fathers and the incredible 50-year journey… The next 50 years will continue to be driven by the same ambitious spirit to build a better and sustainable future for humanity, and the UAE will lead the charge…”

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