Etihad plans fly-by over Abu Dhabi Corniche

Etihad will celebrate 10th anniversary with a fly-past on the Corniche

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Etihad Airways will mark its 10-year anniversary today with a fly-by over Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.

An A340-500 will take off from the city’s airport at 5.10pm and fly along the coast, arriving at the Corniche Breakwater at 5.30pm.

Giorgio Evangelisti, the captain, will travel at a low altitude of just 600 feet.

A variety of events will be held at the same time, including a boat parade and water performances. The celebration will culminate in a fireworks show.

The commemorative fly-past follows a weekend of celebrations for Abu Dhabi’s national airline.

Etihad celebrated its birthday on Friday by inviting employees to a day-long party at Yas Marina Circuit as a thank you for a decade of hard work and dedication.

More than 20,000 people gathered to mark the milestone.

The airline has about 16,500 staff from more than 40 countries.

A fly-past by an Etihad aircraft last month was part of the 40th birthday celebrations for the Sydney Opera House.

More than 10,000 people gathered for the festivities and watched the A340 make a low pass over the landmark.

Commemorative flight EY9240 flew at about 2,000ft over the World Heritage-listed venue and along the Sydney Harbour foreshore on October 20.