Football fans set to have a ball with Emirates

23 September 2009

An unforgettable sporting experience of a lifetime awaits football fans in the UAE, following the launch of Emirates’ 2010 FIFA World Cup travel packages.

As an Official Tour Operator for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Emirates, will be offering a number of tailor-made travel packages that will include flights, accommodation, ground transportation and match tickets.

The award-winning airline also unveiled its unique ‘follow-your-team’ component of the tour package, which is testament to the airline’s commitment to the beautiful game and its followers.

Supporters no longer need to wait until their chosen team qualifies, as this unique package is not only refundable if their country fails to make it, but guarantees fans gold-dust tickets for each of their team’s matches, right up to the final on 11th July.

Emirates is offering the opportunity to follow one of 20 teams, including Australia, Brazil, England, Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, South Korea and Spain who have already qualified; and Argentina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and USA, who are still battling for a spot among the final 32.

The uncertainty facing fans is heightened by not knowing where their team will be playing, but no matter which city they are based in for the group stage, or where they end up playing in the knock-out rounds, the Emirates package covers every eventuality.
Richard Vaughan, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer our first-class expertise in travel services to football fans around the globe.

“To support your team at a World Cup is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many supporters and we aim to make sure it is an unforgettable experience for them.

“We are thrilled to be in partnership with FIFA at this incredible sporting event and, as well as demonstrating our ongoing support of the game, we believe this package shows we are bringing the spirit of sport to our customers.”

Thierry Weil, FIFA Director Marketing Division, said: “At FIFA we are confident that our partner Emirates will offer FIFA World Cup fans with the perfect travel solution to be in South Africa to support their team.

“The FIFA World Cup, which kicks off at South Africa’s Soccer City Stadium in 269 days time, is one event that should not be missed and there is surely no better way that to travel to the tournament than enjoying the world class hospitality and service on board Emirates.”

Emirates will be offering football fans the choice of five daily flights into South Africa from its network on six continents, with the options of travelling to Johannesburg, which hosts 15 matches including the opening match and final; Cape Town, host city of eight matches and Durban, which is home to seven FIFA World Cup matches, and on 1st October will become Emirates’ newest destination with the launch of daily flights from Dubai.

Emirates’ 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.

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