DUBAI: Emirates’ historic one-off A380 flight took off with 500 passengers from 145 nationalities on Friday morning, breaking the Guinness World Record for carrying people of the "most nationalities".
Dressed in their national costumes, passengers belonging to different nationalities were an excited lot as they flew on EK2019 for a special flight journey around the UAE. By 1.03pm, they had crossed all the seven emirates.
The A380 commissioned for this flight has been decorated with a colourful and bespoke ‘Year of Tolerance’ livery, showcasing a panorama of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures holding hands, celebrating the UAE’s message of multiculturalism. The illustrations adorn both sides of the aircraft.
The flight marks the 48th UAE national day and the UAE Year of Tolerance .
After its debut today, the aircraft will fly across Emirates; A380 network of over 50 destinations for the next 12 months to spread the message of tolerance and mutual respect.
Citizens and residents of the UAE who were interested in joining this unique flight had to register their names, nationality and contact details earlier.