Airshow punters offered hot-seat in Blades flying display

Airshow punters offered hot-seat in Blades flying display
Published: 11 November 2019 - 5:10 a.m.

Aerobatic display team, The Blades, are offering visitors to the Dubai Airshow a unique flying experience before and after the show.

The civilian display team – part of innovative aviation services company 2Excel Aviation and staffed by former Red Arrows pilots – recently landed in the United Arab Emirates for an extended visit until mid-December.

For the first time, the team will perform its display on all five days of the Dubai Airshow.

Operating under an Air Operators Certificate, The Blades will be offering flying experiences at the event.

Team leader and Blade 1, Andy Evans, said: “This is our first tour to the UAE and is an exciting development in our operational capability.

“Since the team launched in 2006, it has been an ambition to visit the country and display at one of the leading aerospace events in the world – Dubai Airshow.

“To perform our award-winning display and fly passengers in close formation over the beautiful skyline of Dubai will be a momentous occasion for us.’’

Anita Mehra, SVP communication and reputation at Dubai Airports, said: “We are delighted to welcome for the first time The Blades at this year’s Dubai Airshow, showcasing their adrenaline filled aerobatics throughout the week. To add to the excitement the team are also offering commercial flights to thrill-seeking individuals, a first in Dubai.”

Depending on a passenger’s ambitions, a flying experience with The Blades can include inverted flight, G-Force exposure, close-formation flying with another aircraft and exhilarating aerobatics.

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