Dubai, UAE - 540 people from 145 different countries boarded an Airbus A380 from Emirates Airlines to celebrate the UAE's national day.
To mark the 48th anniversary of the UAE's independence day, Flight EK2019 set a new world record by making a flight with 540 passengers on board of an aircraft.
The flight was carried out on Nov. 29 by an Airbus A380 with a special livery attributing "Diversity".
The two hours low-level flight over the Emirates was piloted by Emirati Captain Abbas Shaban and German female First Officer Karin Arning. 22 flight attendants and stewards were from 18 different countries.
This special flight has welcomed passengers of different origins, ethnicities, religions, and cultures, including families and children, employees of the Emirates Group and people with disabilities.
Passengers were invited to don their national dresses and, throughout the flight, their colorful costumes became a vibrant collage honoring their different heritage and traditions, "Emirates Airlines said in a statement.
The UAE has become a remarkable symbol of tolerance and coexistence, welcoming people of more than 200 nationalities and backgrounds, living together in solidarity and harmony. It is, in fact, the diversity of the citizens and residents of the UAE that unites and strengthens us, through mutual respect and by opening bridges of common dialogue. Today's flight is a celebration of that spirit that is an integral part of our daily life here in the United Arab Emirates,
said Emirates Group President Sheikh Ahmed Bin Said Al Maktoum.