The United Arab Emirates has plenty to celebrate about its first 50 years and a new livery on Emirates aircraft will take the commemoration to the four corners of its sprawling network
The Gulf carrier debuted the new livery on a flight to Frankfurt earlier this week and will introduce more golden jubilee aircraft over the course of the next month.
The livery will feature on the airline’s Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs with plans to showcase the celebration in destinations as diverse as Los Angeles, London, Washington D.C, New York, Munich, Zurich, and Paris.
The design utilizes ‘Emirates’ in the original livery to complete the UAE’s name and decals wrap the fuselage in Arabic and English.
“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 since they started to shape a nation that has captured the world’s imagination – from its rapid progress to become one of the most connected countries in the world, to being one of just a few nations to launch a space mission,’’ said Emirates chief executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
“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 as it evolves its national capabilities, champions innovation, and strengthens its position as a progressive world leader across a spectrum of areas.”
The decal debut came as Emirates announced it was expanding its partnership with South African regional operator Airlink into a codeshare agreement.
The Dubai-based carrier said the partnership would give travelers convenient access to more than 40 domestic and regional destinations across 12 African countries.
Emirates has been ramping up its operations in South Africa and said the codeshare augmented its long-standing partnership with South African Airways.
“Our new codeshare agreement enhances our service offering and flexibility for customers traveling beyond our gateways in South and Southern Africa and provides them unparalleled options for leisure destinations,’’ said Emirates chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim.
“We are committed to growing our operations in South Africa, and with the strong connection opportunities being provided collectively with Airlink we hope to help jumpstart the recovery of the local travel and tourism industry.”