Emirates, Zakumi celebrate one month to W’Cup kick-off
Zakumi was welcomed to the airline’s base of Dubai by members of Emirates’ multi-cultural cabin crew, representing the 32 nations that will be taking part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which starts on June 11 in South Africa. Emirates, as the official airline of the tourney, will be flying fans from around the world to South Africa to support their teams and live the unforgettable experience of a FIFA World Cup throughout the event.
Executive Vice Chairman, Emirates Airline and Group, Maurice Flanagan, said: “It is hard to believe that it is only one month to go until all eyes will turn to South Africa for this much awaited sporting spectacular. Emirates has been busy putting into place all our various FIFA-related activities across our network.
“We are looking forward to flying in football fans from the over 100 destinations across the six continents that we serve non-stop from Dubai to South Africa. Being an Official FIFA Partner means that we are able to use our sponsorship to bring the fans around the world to South Africa, but also through our partnership with the International FIFA Fan Fests we are able to take South Africa and the tournament to the world.”
Emirates serves South Africa with five daily, non-stop flights from Dubai into the three gateways of Johannesburg, the host city for the opening and final matches, Durban and Cape Town. Its partnership with FIFA began at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when it became the first airline to be a sponsor of the prestigious sporting event.
Following on from the success of the tournament in Germany, Emirates then cemented its status as an Official FIFA Partner up to and including the 2014 FIFA World Cup.