The Story

SKYMAGIC teamed up with People&Co. and Emmy award-winning director, Mark A. Ritchie, to orchestrate our single most complex and ambitious drone show.

In a piece of ground-breaking cinematography, SKYMAGIC landed a 3-dimensional A380 plane on the North Runway of the newly renamed Zayed International Airport, in Abu Dhabi.

A team of 17 pilots flew 1750 swarm drones and 6 camera drones – alongside an incredible ground camera team – in a series of early morning flight windows to capture this spectacular feat, in collaboration with operational teams at the airport.

The falcon’s journey will be broadcast far and wide across the Middle East, celebrating the welcome of Etihad Flight 09 to Zayed International Airport.


Directed by Mark A. Ritchie, created and produced by People & Co.

Drone footage by SKYMAGIC Drone Pilots and Extended Camera Team, in collaboration with Upper Cut Productions, Fly By Chicago and F8 Production.

Drone Pilots & Camera Operators: Bachir Moukarzel, Chris Knight, Chris Wilkinson, Dan Barker, Francis Dominise, Gus Ullyot, Hamkah Hassan, Haytham Alachkar, Hazeeq Hairul, James Markwick, Jason Rivera, Jay Christensen, Joel Hornbeck, Jordan Brooks, Kishan Shetty, Owen Matthew, Razvan Sera, Soon Hooi Chiew, Shabeer Basheer

ClientPeople & Co.
LocationAbu Dhabi, UAE
Drone Count1750