An Emirates A380 rebranded with a stunning Arsenal Football Club design will be passing through Heathrow as the airline celebrates its sponsorship of the London-based team.
The livery was revealed for the first time as the team headed to Dubai for a friendly match with the local Al Nasr sports club as well as the official inauguration of the Al Maktoum Stadium.
It showcases the Arsenal Crest and features players Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette. It covers a sizable area of 383sqm around the aircraft, with the images of the players identifiable from both the ground and in the air.
Arsenal fans as well as plane spotters can catch the A380 under tail number, A6-EEB, as it travels around the world with scheduled services planned to Paris, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Emirates Airline, whose partnership with Arsenal is one of the most recognisable and longstanding in the world of sport, last year announced a new sponsorship deal, granting the airline a five year extension to their shirt partnership with the Club until the end of the 2023-2024 season. The sponsorship was the largest ever signed by a club and one of the biggest ever agreed in football. The Emirates and Arsenal partnership is also the longest running relationship in the Premier League, with the total duration of Emirates’ shirt branding spanning 18 years. Arsenal’s home also continues to be known as Emirates Stadium until 2028.
A statement from the airline said: “Emirates’ sponsorship and support of global football clubs and popular football events have enabled the airline to bring major clubs to the UAE to compete in unique tournaments, connecting them to their fans, as well as capitalising on opportunities that will link local clubs with international football teams through focused collaboration.
“The airline’s efforts also support its vision to provide UAE football a platform to thrive at the international level, as well as further supporting the Dubai’s status as a world-class sports hub and a centre for professional sporting events”.