THE 2019 Cricket World Cup preparations are on-going, excitement and exuberance will be the order of the day as it bowls off in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019.
Global airline leader Emirates, who are synonymous for sponsoring cricket, amongst other sporting codes, has added themed ‘Emirates A380’ decal into the momentum.
Emirates ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup A380 is scheduled for a world tour that includes a stop-over in Johannesburg, although at the time of publishing it was unclear when would that day be?
The decal was installed in time for flight A6-EOH, scheduled today, to fly to London’s Heathrow Airport; the host nation of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Former India cricketer and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 winner, Virender Sehwag, and Emirates sponsored Lancashire team players Saqib Mahmood and Tom Bailey helped to marshal the newly emblazoned aircraft out of the Emirates Engineering hangar.
Over the next few months, cricket fans and aviation enthusiasts alike can look out for the aircraft landing and taking off in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, in Mumbai, as well as Emirates destinations served by the A380 in both Australia and New Zealand.
Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand for Emirates Airline said: “We are proud to be the official airline for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. Today’s reveal takes us one step closer to bringing the tournament to life for the nations competing in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, and for cricket fans across the globe.
Emirates directly serves customers in 9 nations participating in this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, and we look forward to sharing the excitement of this passionate sport with cricket fans and communities around the world, particularly those who will be feverishly following their national teams as they attempt to clinch cricket glory.”
“I am delighted to be able to see the Emirates plane with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup livery making its debut today. It is a wonderful way to celebrate what I know is one of the most eagerly awaited sports events of the year and fitting that its first journey is to our hosts in England and Wales,” commented ICC chief executive David Richardson.
The Proteas will face off with the likes of England, Pakistan, India, West Indies, Afghanistan, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.