Emirates A380 and Red Arrows kick off DP World Tour Championship with spectacular flypast

An Emirates A380 flies formation with the RAF Red Arrows at the GP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Photo Credit: Emirates

LONDON – Emirates and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, took to the skies today to celebrate the start of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. They conducted a spectacular flypast over Jumeirah Golf Estates, along the Sheikh Zayed Road skyline and near the iconic Burj Khalifa. 

The aerial formation involved an Emirates Airbus A380 and seven of the Red Arrows’ Hawk jets flying in a “V” formation.

Taking off from Dubai International Airport, the Emirates A380 made its approach over Jumeirah Golf Estates, joined by the RAF Red Arrows as World Number One golfer Rory McIlroy and three-time DP World Tour winner Ryan Fox, teed off at 1240hrs Dubai time.

An Emirates A380 flies formation with the RAF Red Arrows at the GP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

PHOTOS: Emirates A380 and the Red Arrows fly over the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates during Day One of the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 17, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photos by Luke Walker/Getty Images via Emirates)

As the group of aircraft flew at an altitude of just 1,000 feet over the skies of Jumeirah Golf Estates, the seven Red Arrows aircraft released red smoke trails to signal the start of the action at the DP World Tour Championship.

The aerial grouping then continued along Sheikh Zayed Road, stepping up its altitude to 3,000 feet, at a speed of 250 knots, to finally reach and pass the iconic Burj Khalifa before heading west towards the Dubai coastline where all aircraft broke formation and continued on to their respective airports for landing.

Proudly commanding the Emirates A380 were two UAE National Captains Rashed Murshed and Mubarak Al Mheiri, supported by Captain Ricky Garala and Captain Philippe Lombet. The Red Arrows team was led by Squadron Leader Tom Bould, flying as Red 1.

Today’s flypast underscores the airline’s long-standing commitment to golf, its fans around the globe, and bringing prestigious, high-caliber events to its home base of Dubai. The airline’s partnership with the season-ending DP World Tour Championship stretches all the way back to 2009.

For over 13 years, the airline has carried more than 600 professional golfers to Dubai to play in the DP World Tour Championship, attracting more than 200,000 golf enthusiasts to the exciting tournament.  

Emirates is the Official Tournament Partner at 14 events on the DP World Tour calendar each season, with a strong brand presence on course boards across 21 DP World Tour tournaments and on the Tour’s media and digital platforms.

The airline is also a partner of the Tour’s Virtual Eye, delivered through live television broadcasts which provide real-time positioning and information about player performance and statistics. 

In Dubai, Emirates also has year-around branding rights at the Emirates Golf Club, one of the city’s 18 world-class golf courses which establish Dubai’s status as one of the world’s leading golf tourism destinations.

The Red Arrows are one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, having performed 5,000 times to tens of millions of people, across 57 countries, since their opening 1965 season.

The team has been visiting the United Arab Emirates as part of a five-week tour of the Gulf region, with thrilling displays and inspiring ground events aimed at promoting a range of UK interests spanning trade, business, education and the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

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