Blinging Boeing: Emirates image of diamond-decked aircraft takes off on social media

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                        <strong>A viral image appearing to show an Emirates plane completely decked out in sparkling diamonds has set social media alight after the airline shared the striking picture on Twitter.</strong>

The blinging Boeing 777 appeared to be coated in glistening gemstones, dazzling social media users who couldn’t believe their eyes. Many expressed their desire to travel on such a glamorous aircraft, while some questioned how such a diamond-encrusted plane could actually take off and fly safely with the additional load.

It turns out they needn’t have worried, as the sparkling plane was just a clever use of photo-editing.

The image was created by Sara Shakeel, a dentist turned ‘crystal artist’ from Pakistan, who shares bedazzled photos on Instagram.

Emirates was so impressed by her jazzed-up jet, it gave Shakeel a free upgrade on her flight to Milan.

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