Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has been revealed as the official partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the official airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay.
The multimillion-pound partnership was announced by the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, at Glasgow International Airport.
“It is excellent to have such a prestigious sponsor as Emirates Airline on board to help us deliver a fantastic Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,” he said in a statement.
“Emirates has a superb track record in supporting world-class sporting events and its involvement as a major sponsor underlines the global reach that the 2014 Games will have.
“This announcement is significant, not just because of what it means for the success of the Games, but also as it demonstrates the excellent relationship Emirates continues to have with Scotland, after the airline announced an expansion in its Glasgow to Dubai service earlier this year.”
Lord Smith, chair of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, said:
“Together, Glasgow 2014 and Emirates create a compelling partnership which recognises the international ambition and scale of the Commonwealth Games taking place in Scotland in 2014.
“These Games create a world-class festival of elite sport and culture but also wider collaborations and further opportunities for Scotland on a global scale.”
Emirates has carried over 1.7 million passengers since its Glasgow service began in 2004, said Richard Jewsbury, Emirates senior vice president, Commercial Operations Europe and Russian Federation.
“These partnerships are particularly significant for Emirates as we currently fly to 23 Commonwealth countries, enabling us to connect athletes and spectators from across the globe to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow through our hub in Dubai,” he said.
“It demonstrates our continued commitment to Scotland and highlights the nation’s place on the international sporting stage.”