was the center stage for an Emirates A380 adorned with a giant AC Milan shirt
sticker, to celebrate a 5 year sponsorship deal of the AC Milan Football team
occasion was attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al- Maktoum, the
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emirates, Adriano Galliani Deputy
Chairman and Managing Director of AC Milan, as well as the Managing Director of
Adidas Jean Michel Granier.
media release from Emirates can be read below:
AC Milan’s Biggest Fan Arrives for New Shirt Unveiling
U.A.E., 29th July 2010: AC Milan’s biggest fan has arrived in Milan for the
official launch of the Fly Emirates AC Milan shirt.
Emirates’ A380, adorned with a giant AC Milan shirt sticker, swooped down on
Malpensa Airport for the event in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin
Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group
and Adriano Galliani, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of AC Milan.
were joined by Adidas Managing Director Jean Michel Granier; Giuseppe Bonomi,
President and CEO of SEA which owns Milan Malpensa and members of the AC Milan
team including Captain Massimo Ambrosini.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “Today’s official unveiling of the Fly
Emirates AC Milan shirt, that will be seen by fans around the world, is
emblematic of our passion for the sport of football and Italy. As we mark
the occasion of our new five-year sponsorship agreement with AC Milan, we have
made it even more momentous by flying an Emirates’ A380 to Milan, providing
passengers with an opportunity to experience our super-jumbo product for the
first time on the Italy route.”
Adriano Galliani, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director
of AC Milan, said: “This spectacular presentation
of our new jersey best summarises the philosophy of the three companies,
Adidas, Emirates and Milan, at the top in their fields. I’m sure it’s the first
time that such a large plane is wearing a soccer jersey. All that will serve as
a stimulus to do more and better in the near future.”
Adidas Managing Director Jean Michel Granier, said: “The launch of the new AC
Milan jersey has always been a very important moment for Adidas and it is the
culmination of a long creative process which lasted almost two years. It is
also a big responsibility because, for millions of people in Italy and
worldwide, the AC Milan jersey is much more than a simple piece of sport
apparel; it is a symbol, a sign of belonging, a second skin.”
Whilst on the ground in Milan, invited guests and
media had the opportunity to tour the Emirates’ super-jumbo before the return
leg of its journey to Dubai.
The A380 replaced this morning’s EK 093 Dubai-Milan
service, which departs Terminal 3 at 0735hrs and arrives at 1215hrs in Milan.
The A380 is also serving EK 094, which leaves Milan at 1600hrs and reaches
Dubai at 0005hrs the following day.
Special menus recognising the unveiling event have been added to today’s
flights and headrests throughout the 489 seat aircraft have been AC
The double-decker offers 399 seats in Economy, 76
new generation lie-flat seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private
On the upper deck of the aircraft, passengers can
enjoy an Onboard Lounge – staffed for the full duration of the flight once the
plane reaches cruising altitude. In First Class, customers have the use of two
Onboard Shower Spas.
Emirates first signed a sponsorship agreement with
AC Milan in September 2007. The following year, the relationship was elevated
to Top Institutional Sponsor. The first time that AC Milan fans will see
players wearing the Fly Emirates shirt on the pitch is during the Emirates Cup
in London, which kicks off on Saturday.
Other teams sponsored by Emirates include Paris
Saint Germain Football Club in France, Hamburger SV in Germany, Olympiacos FC
in Greece, and Arsenal in the UK. Emirates also holds Official Partner status
for the FIFA World Cup™