x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Emirates' eye in the sky at French Open

A very special camera is filming the action at this year's French Open - hidden inside a replica of Emirates Airline's flagship A380 double-decker passenger jet.

A very special camera is filming the action at this year's French Open - hidden inside a replica of Emirates Airline's flagship A380 double-decker passenger jet.

The camera took off high above the courts at Roland Garros yesterday to capture a bird's eye view of the action.

The airline, an official partner of the tournament, worked with the French Federation of Tennis on the project.

"This is the first time we have attempted to create an A380 aerial camera and the results speak for themselves," said Boutros Boutros, Emirates' divisional senior vice president for corporate communication.

"The A380 is an iconic aircraft and this near-scale model hovering above Roland Garros is guaranteed to be a real eye-catcher."

The camera is 45 metres high attached to a secure 350-metre cable that allows it to span the tournament area.

Weighing 60kilograms, it is 2.80 metres long and took nearly two months to build using fibreglass and polyurethane foam.

The plane is a near-perfect replica of the real jet, said Emirates. The airline is sponsoring the Open as part of a five-year deal.

NHanif@thenational.ae