The United Arab Emirates will participate in the Independence Day flyover for the first time

For the first time since the normalization of relations with Israel, the United Arab Emirates will take part in Israel’s popular Independence Day flyover.

The Israel Air Line Pilots Association was behind the festive initiative, with the event – named Peace Fly-by 2022 – marking the country’s 74th Independence Day and set to see civilian planes from the airlines Israeli and Emirati airlines.the Ynet news site reported on Sunday.

The civilian flyby, which will follow the traditional demonstration of military aircraft, will take off on May 5 at 12:45 p.m., flying over Israel from Acre in the north to Ashdod in the south.

The air show will take place at a relatively low altitude of 1,000 feet, giving spectators ample opportunity to view the aircraft.

According to the report, El Al will fly a Boeing 787 Dreamliner; Israir Airlines, an Airbus A-320; Arkia, an Embraer 195; CAL Cargo Air Lines, a Boeing 747; and Ayit Aviation and Tourism, two Embraers.

Emirati Ethihad Airways will fly an Airbus A350 and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi an Airbus A320neo.

“This is a flight of pilots proving that regional cooperation is doable, not just a statement,” said Captain Maydan Bar, president of the Israel Airline Pilots Association.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate the pilots from the Gulf States who came to participate in our peace flight and wish for continued and ever-increasing cooperation between us. Moreover, this flight unequivocally indicates the strength of Israeli civil aviation.

“Companies that have had to deal with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic for two years are now back in full swing — and more. The variety of participating aircraft indicates the centrality of Israeli aviation in the world and the enormous potential inherent in it. Happy Independence Day!”

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