Latest | Following this morning's historic Sydney Harbour A380 flyby featuring superjumbos from Qantas and Emirates, to mark the start of the alliance between these two airlines, here's a selection of fantastic photos capturing the moment.
You may also enjoy this YouTube video clip shot by Jase AURadio, although you see much more of the aircraft than of the city below.
Previous | Two Airbus A380s – one Qantas, the other Emirates – will buzz Sydney Harbour today, Sunday March 31, to mark the new alliance between the two airlines.
The 10 minute flyover will take place around 10.30am and include two low passes over the Harbour Bridge at a height of 1500 feet, affording Sydneysiders a stunning view of these two superjumbos travelling in tight formation.
It's believed to be the first time that two Airbus A380s from different airlines have flown together in such a display, and the crew of both aircraft have practised by flying the route dozens of times in sophisticated A380 flight simulators over the past few months.
Both the Qantas and Emirates A380s taking off from Sydney Airport at 9.20am.
They'll head north to Longreef, then turn back to Watson's Bay and head west along the harbour before passing over the bridge at around 10.30am, with the Qantas plane in the lead and the Emirates A380 sitting slightly higher to its right.
Both A380s will continue towards Gladesville Bridge, then return in the same formation, before heading back to Sydney Airport to ferry travellers – including a sizeable media contingent – to Dubai on inaugural flights for the Qantas-Emirates alliance.
During the run the aircraft will use the special callsign 'Seismic', chosen because Emirates president Tim Clark is fond of saying the Qantas-Emirates partnership will cause a "seismic shift in global aviation" – the Qantas A380 will be Seismic 1 and the Emirates' plane, Seismic 2.
The special flight numbers allocated to this unique jaunt are QF6600 and EK8388.
Australian Business Traveller will be travelling on the Qantas A380 flight QF1 to Dubai as a guest of Qantas.
Get up to speed with how the Qantas-Emirates alliance will affect your travel
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