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Tom Cruise flies to Abu Dhabi midfield to reveal Etihad’s impossible livery


Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise unveiled a dedicated Mission: Impossible livery on one of the airline’s planes boeing 787 dreamliner. The star arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) ahead of the festivities. Etihad Airways is the official airline of the most anticipated Mission: Impossible franchise. The film is scheduled to have its Middle East premiere on June 26 at the Mandarin Oriental, Emirates Palace.

This is the second Mission: Impossible film to be shot in Abu Dhabi. In 2018, Mission: Impossible: Fallout filmed the Halo Skydive scene in Abu Dhabi with the support of the UAE military, Abu Dhabi Film Commission and twofour54.

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AUH’s New Midfield Terminal

Abu Dhabi International Airport is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is the second largest airport in the UAE after Dubai International Airport (DXB). The airport serves more than 20 million passengers annually through three terminals. The new midfield terminal, located between the airport’s two runways, has yet to open this year.

Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal

Photo: Abu Dhabi Airport

The Midfield Terminal has a starring role of its own in the upcoming Mission: Impossible version, Dead Reckoning Part One. The terminal’s iconic structure, designed by international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, features one of the most heart-pounding action scenes in the film. Scenes filmed at the Midfield Terminal required 21 days of prep and seven days of shooting, involving 762 actors, crew and suppliers.


Tom Cruise arrives at the AUH Midfield Terminal to unveil a custom livery for Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 aircraft, themed after the film. The newly painted engine features the Mission: Impossible branding. The aircraft will carry the livery when flying to destinations around the world. The film will be released in the UAE on July 13.

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner | A6-BLI

Photo: Phuong D. Nguyen | Shutterstock

The terminal structure with its 315-meter roof was decorated to honor its role in the film. The interior of the terminal will be revealed to the public for the first time in the film. In addition to the terminal, the film has purpose-built sets at the airport, including the Etihad First Class lounge, as well as sets in the stunning Liwa Desert.Abu Dhabi Airports Acting Chief Executive Elena Sorloni said:

“We are delighted to welcome Tom Cruise, the cast and crew of Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 back to Abu Dhabi. We are proud of our role in the film and our commitment to Abu Dhabi as The destination that attracts global tourists is proud of its contribution and the scenes shown in the film are a testament to the architecture, scale and design of the iconic Midfield Terminal, which was inspired by elements of Abu Dhabi’s culture.”

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways are known for finding unique ways to showcase the emirate’s attractions. Whether it’s a Formula 1 Grand Prix, an aviation expo or a film release, the UAE is keen to collaborate. Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive of Etihad Aviation Group, said:

“Partnering with Mission: Impossible is a great testament to the Abu Dhabi destination and what it has to offer. I present Abu Dhabi and our team in the UAE to showcase the emirate of Abu Dhabi, our new airport and Etihad proud of its unique attractions. Movies.”

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