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Cricket fever

Emirates has revealed its ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 themed Emirates A380 livery in the build-up to one of the world’s most anticipated sporting events this year.

Former India cricketer and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 winner, Virender Sehwag, and Emirates sponsored Lancashire team players, Saqib Mahmood and Tom Bailey, helped to marshal the newly emblazoned aircraft out of the Emirates Engineering hangar.

Celebrating Ireland's National Day

At the stroke of midnight, the UAE was illuminated in green as it celebrated Ireland’s National Day and the 10th anniversary of Tourism Ireland’s ‘Global Greening’ initiative.

Several iconic UAE buildings, including the remarkable Burj Khalifa, were lit up with green lights, signifying the ever-strengthening relationship between the two nations.
 
This year’s Global Greening included sparkling new UAE landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, Cayan Tower, Nation Towers and Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, alongside some of last year’s icons; The Burj Al Arab, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

Etihad flies high with All-women flight

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is marking International Women’s Day this year with its first flight staffed by an all-female flight crew, highlighting the integral role played by its female staff members in technical, operational and leadership positions.
 
More than 30 Etihad Airways women showcased their aviation skills and expertise during Etihad’s first ever all-female flight on flight EY017 from Abu Dhabi International Airport to London’s Heathrow International Airport on Friday (March 8).
 
French Captain Sophie Blanchard and Irish Captain Faela Stevenson piloted the Airbus A380 along with First Officers Pirre Susana Leese from Finland and Liesbeth Baldewijns from Belgium. The flight deck worked hand in hand with the 19-member all-female Cabin Crew team from 13 nationalities, on the flight of 398 guests.
 
Etihad Aviation Group VP (Corporate Affairs) Amina Taher said: "At Etihad, we don’t just connect places - we connect people. On International Women’s Day, we’re so proud to have thousands of strong, ambitious and talented women working with us across the entire value chain both above and below the wing in areas including operations, cargo, and engineering, as well as specialised functions such as aviation law, medicine and finance."
 
"We invite our daughters, sisters, colleagues and friends to join us in continuing to ensure that gender diversity is well represented across our industry, here and globally. To women and men everywhere, Happy International Women’s Day from Etihad Aviation Group," stated Taher.
 
The operation brought together women in roles including pilots and cabin crew, engineers, technicians, a technical safety manager, a flight dispatcher and a load controller.
 
Travellers to Abu Dhabi International Airport were able to see artwork featuring four of Etihad’s inspiring women as they journeyed through the nation’s capital.
 
Fatima Alkharousi is head of Terminal Operations. Since joining Etihad in 2009, she has held management positions in London, Singapore and Sydney before becoming the airline’s first female airport manager in Nagoya, Japan. 
 
She now leads Etihad’s terminal operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport, ensuring everything runs smoothly and safely for the airline in its busy hub.
 
First Officer Flavia Lucilio flies Etihad’s Airbus A320 aircraft. One of Etihad’s 78 female pilots, she became a qualified pilot at 19 after falling in love with the aviation industry thanks to her father who was also a pilot, and joined Etihad in 2016.
 
Carmen Paraschiv, the duty manager in the airline’s buzzing Network Operations Centre, takes on the demanding task of overseeing the global flow of aircraft, crew and customers. 
 
Working at the heart of Etihad’s operations, Carmen’s highly pressured role requires the ability to make quick, informed decisions and respond to changing needs at a moment’s notice.
 
Sara Hasan Al Hashmi is a Technical Engineering Trainee with Etihad Airways Engineering. At 26 years of age, Sara is one of 70 female UAE nationals on the intense engineer training programme working in its state-of-the-art facilities on one of the most modern fleets in the world.
 
The four women featured in the artwork represent a handful of the 150-plus nationalities in the Etihad family and showcase just a small cross-section of the career paths at Etihad Aviation Group, including highly skilled technical, operational and leadership roles.
 
Women landing in Abu Dhabi were treated to a welcome card and flowers to mark the global occasion, while guests travelling outbound from Abu Dhabi on board Etihad Airways flights heard a welcome announcement on board celebrating the day.
 
March 8 is also the anniversary of the first woman to receive a pilot’s licence: the French aviator Elise Raymonde de Laroche in 1910, making it a doubly appropriate day for Etihad’s all-female achievement in the skies.
 
Women are represented in each of the aviation and travel group’s seven business divisions, and over half of Etihad’s UAE national staff are female.-TradeArabia News Service

Flame of hope

Etihad Airways, the official airline partner of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, has delivered the World Games Flame of Hope to the UAE capital.

The flame was carried in a specially designed cradle yesterday (March 2) on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft sporting the airline’s new Special Olympics livery, which proudly displays the images of four UAE Special Olympics athletes along its fuselage. The flight was flown by Captain Fouad Almarzouqi from the UAE, and Captain Spiridon Nakos from Greece.

The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will take place between March 14 – 21. - TradeArabia News Service

Italian Carnevale

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is bringing Venetian flair through its doors as the theme park hosts its first Italian Carnevale from February 28 to March 2.

Created to be an authentic celebration of the annual Carnival of Venice, the event will combine the best of Venetian-inspired live performances, family-friendly entertainment, and sumptuous Italian street food for three days.

During the celebration, guests will witness enthralling entertainment including a comic jester, ground-ring performers, folk and opera musicians, acrobatic acts and more.