Emirates has reaffirmed its position as the Official Airline Partner for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, which commenced on 5 October and will conclude on 19 November.
To mark the occasion, Emirates has released a light-hearted video featuring Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Dinesh Karthik, enjoying live cricket action on the airline’s inflight entertainment system from the comfort of Premium Economy.
Emirates Premium Economy seats will be available on routes to Mumbai and Bangalore starting 29 October.
The tournament, spread across ten cities in India, will culminate in the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 19 November, known for its status as the world’s largest sports stadium with a seating capacity of 132,000.
As the Official Airline Partner, Emirates offers cricket enthusiasts onboard the opportunity to catch the live action on Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra. The airline also holds hospitality and ticketing rights at the stadiums, along with select in-stadium activations.
Fans can stay engaged through #CWC23 and the ICC’s social media channels to witness the “Emirates Fly Better Moment of the Day,” featuring highlights such as the best catches and run-outs after each match.
This tournament marks the first-ever ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup held exclusively in India, and it will see Dinesh Karthik making his commentary debut in a World Cup.
Emirates has a longstanding association with the ICC, spanning major events like the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, and the ICC World Test Championship. The airline’s partnership extends to the official kit of the ICC Elite and International Panels of Umpires, and it has been the main sponsor of the Emirates Elite and International Panels of ICC Umpires since 2002.
Emirates not only sponsors the Elite and International Panels of ICC Match Referees but also transports umpires and referees to international events as the Global Partner of the ICC.
In the UK, Emirates has maintained a partnership with Durham County Cricket Club since 2010 and serves as the title sponsor of the Durham Lancashire Emirates Trophy. Additionally, the airline holds the naming rights sponsorship for Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, since 2013.
Emirates, which initiated India flights in 1985, currently operates to nine destinations in the country, with 167 weekly flights covering Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram.