Brazilian football legend Pelé has become the global ambassador for Emirates Airlines, the official FIFA Worldwide partner. Coinciding with the highly-anticipated FIFA World Cup, to be hosted this summer in Brazil, the airline has partnered with Pelé on its global campaign to showcase the connections that Emirates Airlines creates between people, places and passions around the world - through its sponsorship of sports, as well as its operations as an airline.
As part of the agreement the two parties will work together on a number of initiatives over the coming months. This is the second time that the airline has worked with a global ambassador to complement its FIFA World Cup campaign, the first being Franz Beckenbauer during the 2006 tournament in Germany. Partnering with such prominent sports figures, like Pelé, allows the airline to amplify and bring to life the many ways sports inspires and unites people and ideas around the world.
HH Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president, commercial operations, Emirates Airline said, “Pelé is a global icon. He is recognised, respected, and an inspiration to people around the world. He represents the best values of ‘the beautiful game’ of football, not only because he was a great player, but also because he uses the power of sports to connect people – with each other, with communities, and with opportunities. In many ways, Pelé stands for the same values that Emirates does. He is the ideal choice for our Global Ambassador and we are thrilled that we will be partnering with him.”
Emirates Airlines is also linked to Pelé through the airline’s sponsorship of the Cosmos team in New York City, where he is honorary chairman. Announced in 2013, the New York Cosmos sponsorship marked Emirates’ first foray into football in the USA.
Pelé said, “Emirates Airlines is one of the most outstanding brands in global sports today. Having just flown on Emirates’ A380 from Zurich to Dubai, I can say from personal experience that it is also an outstanding airline. It would be great if the airline would fly the A380 to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup. My