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Etihad flies into the record books

Etihad Airways, The National Airline of the United Arab Emirates, has entered the world-famous Guinness Book of Records for 2008 following the airline's successful record for "the greatest weight difference during flight formation" at January's Al Ain Aerobatic Show.

Etihad flies into the record books

Granger Narara, Etihad Airways’ vice president flight operations celebrates entering the Guinness Book of Records with Yousif Hassan Al Hammadi, president of the Emirates Aviation Association

Captain Granger Narara, Etihad Airways' vice president flight operations, flew into the record books as he piloted an Etihad Airbus A330-200 in formation with a Sukhoi Su-26 and an Extra-300S, two stunt planes.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: "The flight formation world record was a magnificent effort by Captain Granger and the other pilots. Etihad Airways regularly sets new records for its growth and to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the flight formation is a very special achievement for everyone at the airline."

Etihad Airways is a platinum sponsor of the Al Ain Aerobatic Show, a highlight of the international aerobatics event calendar which draws an audience of more than 125,000 people from more than 40 countries around the world.

Zoltan Veres, who flew one of the stunt planes in the flight formation record, also set another world record at the Aerobatic Show when he successfully achieved 408 consecutive rolls in his Extra-300S.

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