Emirates has revealed an A380 livery dedicated to the forthcoming Expo 2020 Dubai, which today flew to Los Angeles.
The official airline of the Expo 2020 Dubai has departed from its traditional white and gold colour scheme, with a bright blue aircraft livery featuring large-scale graphics in green, orange, pink, purple and red which run across the fuselage up to the tail and fin, and are interlaced with the ring-shaped Expo 2020 Dubai logo.
The aircraft also features messages such as ‘Dubai Expo’ and ‘Be Part of the Magic’, while the engine cowls carry the dates of the event. The stuntwoman who appeared atop the Burj Khalifa in the recent Emirates advert is also on the fuselage carrying a message board that says “see you there” and “Dubai Expo Oct-Mar 2022”.
Meanwhile, the red belly branding which is seen when the aircraft is flying overhead has been replaced by the themed orange ‘Dubai Expo’ branding to increase the event’s visibility.
The new livery was designed, painted, produced and installed in-house by the team at Emirates, and is the largest project the airline has ever carried out. The paint was completely stripped and eleven colours were applied using a “wild spray method” via electrostatic spray guns and conventional cup guns – this required over 2,500 sqm of tracing and masking material.
The stencils and tracing guides were produced in-house by the airline’s UV printer and graphics workshop. The process of painting the livery design and applying the decals took a total of 16 days and 4,379 hours to complete.
The new livery will appear on three A380 aircraft and fly to the carrier’s global network over the next six months. It will join the 40 other special liveries dedicated to the Expo, which have collectively flown to over 130 destinations across the airline’s network since 2018.
The Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 2021 to March 2022, and Emirates will welcome visitors at its own pavilion focused on the future of commercial aviation.
Emirates has a history of displaying special liveries on its A380 and B777 aircraft, and has showcased 50 designed and 100 liveries in the last five years. Last month the airline unveiled a special livery design for its A380 and B777-300ER aircraft, to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.