(18 Oct 2021)
Emirates has painted an Airbus A380 in a special
livery to celebrate and promote the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which
is currently taking place for the first time in the UAE and Oman
from 17 October to 14 November 2021.

After a game of mini-cricket umpired by Indian
international cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, the newly emblazoned
aircraft was beckoned out as the ‘newest player’ by him and over
100 Emirates Engineering employees, many of whom were involved in
the installation of the special decal and form part of the nine
cricket teams at the airline’s engineering centre.

The ICC Men’s
T20 Cricket World Cup trophy also made a surprise debut once the
aircraft was unveiled, and enthusiastic employees got the chance
to pose with the iconic trophy.

Anurag Dahiya, Chief Commercial Officer of
International Cricket Council (ICC), said, “It is fantastic to see
the ICC Men’s T20 World come to life with this themed A380 livery,
what better way to spread the appeal of the event than to
transport it around the world with our long-standing partner
Emirates. It has been more than five years since the last Men’s
T20 and the sense of excitement and anticipation is building with
fans as the world’s best players descend on Oman and the UAE to
compete for the ultimate prize in the shortest format of the
game.”

The vibrant decal covering the Emirates A380
fuselage includes pink and yellow figures batting and bowling
against a purple backdrop. The decal was installed on A6-EVE.

Over the next few months, the aircraft is expected to
fly across the Emirates’ growing A380 network, and will make
visits to the UK, South Africa, The Netherlands, and other
cricketing nations.

Emirates directly serves 12 nations participating
in the seventh edition of the ICC T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup,
which is the largest cricket event to be held since the onset of
the pandemic.

Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand for Emirates Airline
said, “We are excited that the iconic ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World
Cup is taking place here in our home, the UAE, and we’re proud as
the official airline and partner to bring in teams from all over
the world to compete in what is going to be a truly memorable
event fuelled by the passion of fans. The livery is
just one way we are bringing the flavour of the sport to fans
around the world who are feverishly looking forward to thrilling
cricket action after a long hiatus, and we hope to fly this
aircraft to as many cricket loving nations as possible.”

Emirates has been supporting the game of cricket
for almost 20 years, and is the Official Airline and Global
Partner of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The airline
will also sponsor the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 which will be
held in India, as well as the event’s match officials selected
from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, the Emirates ICC
International Panel of Umpires and the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of
Match Referees, which also sees Emirates featured on their
official kit.

Along with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Emirates
also supports the Women’s T20 World Cups and the ICC Women’s
Cricket World Cup.

Emirates also supports a number of cricket clubs,
and is the official sponsor of Durham County Cricket Club and
Lancashire County Cricket Club, with naming rights to both clubs’
playing grounds, Emirates Riverside and Emirates Old Trafford, and
their respective T20 representative teams.

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