Chennai: Emirates revealed its ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 themed Emirates A380 livery in the build up to one of the world’s most anticipated sporting events this year.
Former India cricketer and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 winner, Virender Sehwag, and Lancashire team players Saqib Mahmood and Tom Bailey helped to marshal the newly emblazoned aircraft out of the Emirates Engineering hangar.
The cricket players were accompanied by Emirates Engineering staff who had worked on installing the decal, and who were later treated to a game of mini-cricket by the aircraft.
Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand for Emirates Airline said: “The 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.”
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “It is a wonderful way to celebrate what I know is one of the most eagerly awaited sport events of the year and fitting that its first journey is to our hosts in England and Wales.”
The decal was installed on A6-EOH, which is scheduled to fly to London Heathrow in the UK, the host nation of the World Cup. Over the next few months, the aircraft is expected to fly to other UK points and in Johannesburg, Mumbai and in both Australia and New Zealand.