Etihad successfully transfers F1 'Biosphere' from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi


Etihad Airways has operated ten flights to transport the protected Formula 1 ‘biosphere’ from Manama to Abu Dhabi.

The Formula 1 management, teams, drivers and crew travelled to Abu Dhabi International Airport on December 7 and were transferred to Yas Marina Circuit ahead of this season’s F1 finale.

The airline operated a fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A320 and A321 for the mission, with current team champions Mercedes flying on Etihad’s unique Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring a Formula 1 themed livery.

In addition, Etihad Cargo operated five cargo flights transporting F1 kit to the UAE capital.

"Etihad transported more than 1200 guests in order to move the Formula 1 from our neighbour Bahrain to Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Guests on board were looked after by our Wellness Ambassadors who are available on every Etihad flight to ensure the highest safety and wellbeing standards," said Terry Daly, Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand and Marketing at Etihad Aviation Group.

While onboard, the drivers were treated to personalised good luck video messages from Formula 1 fans including many of the airline’s staff and crew. A Formula 1 themed menu was served, and drivers were given personalised snoods, Etihad’s unique microbe barrier face protection.

The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, December 13 with practice sessions beginning on December 11 on the iconic F1 track at Yas Marina Circuit.

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