Emirates has been named the official airline partner for Dubai Expo 2020.
The partnership agreement between Emirates and Expo 2020 Dubai was inked by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and group, and Reem Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general, Bureau Expo Dubai 2020.
Covering a global network of more than 150 destinations, Emirates is expected to help Expo 2020 attract 25 million visitors. As the event’s first Premier Partner, Emirates will also be a licensed ticket reseller.
“Emirates has played an important part in Dubai’s transformation into an international centre for commerce and tourism, and a globally-connected host city for a truly global event like the Expo. The airline, which has been an early supporter of Dubai’s successful bid to host the Expo, will now partner with Expo 2020 to bring this event to Dubai, and to build a lasting legacy for the UAE and the entire region,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed.
Emirates carried 51.3 million passengers in 2015, up nine percent on 2014, and operated more than 186,000 flights in total, while 26 new aircraft were added to its fleet in the year that marked its 30th anniversary.
The Expo agreement will give Emirates and other businesses within the Emirates Group exclusive benefits including branding and marketing rights, the ability to leverage events such as Youth Connect, and the opportunity to have a pavilion at the Expo.
Expo 2020 Dubai and Emirates are also looking at opportunities on the site in the post-event phase to secure a lasting cultural, and economic legacy for the Expo.
Expo 2020 Dubai has revealed it is developing a number of commercial partnerships with global companies in sectors including aviation, technology, finance, shipping and logistics, telecommunications and travel and tourism.