Monday 20 October 2008

Emirates tracks Australian cricket team travels online

Emirates, the official airline of Cricket Australia, today launched an online team tracker that allows cricket fans to map the international and domestic travel of the Australian players.
Available on the official Cricket Australia website, the interactive map details the journeys of the team for the past 18 months and will be updated as the Australian players continue their travels with Emirates, competing in international games around the world.
Australian Cricket Captain Ricky Ponting said: "You'll not only be able to watch the team travel from city to city, country to country, but also see the results of the matches as they appear.
"It's a good thing the team gets to travel in comfort with Emirates when travelling overseas given how many kilometres the team covers each year. The Emirates Cricket Australia Team Tracker also allows us to look back and reflect on our extensive journeys and results as well," he added.
Since November 2006, the team has travelled 165,128 kilometres to the Caribbean, South Africa, India and across Australia.
Stephen Pearse, Emirates' Australian Vice President said: "The Emirates Cricket Australia Team Tracker is a fun and interactive way for the fans to keep in touch with how far the team is travelling with Emirates overseas and their ongoing results in international tournaments and games.
"We are proud sponsors of the Australian team and look forward to hosting the players on their return from the current Indian tour and across to England in 2009 for the Ashes series."
Emirates became the Official Airline of the Australian cricket team prior to the first Ashes test in November 2006. The partnership allows the Australian team to travel in unparalleled comfort and style when playing abroad, boosting their levels of preparedness to help maintain the success they have achieved on the world stage.
Emirates were also the major sponsor of the successful Australian cricket team at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.
About Emirates sport sponsorships:
Emirates is one of the leading sponsors of sport around the world, with a portfolio that includes three world cups, Rugby World Cup 2011, FIFA World Cup 2010 ™ and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
In Australia, Emirates is the title sponsor of the Emirates Melbourne Cup and sponsor of the Melbourne Cup Carnival; and a partner of the Australian Jockey Club's Autumn and Spring Carnivals. Other sponsorships include the Australian PGA on the Sunshine Coast, Emirates Western Force and the Collingwood Football Club.
Along with being the Official Airline to Cricket Australia, Emirates' involvement in the sport of cricket also includes the sponsorship of the ICC Umpires.
About Emirates:
Since its launch in 1985, Emirates Airline has received more than 400 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service.
Emirates is the world's third most profitable and among the 20 largest international airlines and one of the fastest-growing. It is based in Dubai, one of the few cities in the world that pursues an open-skies policy, with more than 130 airlines in free and fair competition.
Emirates global network now features services to 101 cities in 61 countries in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Asia-Pacific. Emirates launched new flights to Cape Town on 30th March as well as Guangzhou and Kozhikode on 1st July. Further new destinations announced for 2008 include Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In November 2007 Emirates confirmed Australia's status as a premier trade and tourism destination by announcing its flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney would grow to 70 a week by 2009.
Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney will all receive additional flights, new aircraft and capacity representing a multi-billion dollar commitment to the Australian market involving the newest, most luxurious and greenest aircraft in the sky.
Emirates currently operate 49 flights per week from Australia to Dubai, including double-daily services from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. One service daily from Sydney operates via Bangkok while one service daily from Melbourne operates via Singapore. Brisbane operates daily flights to Dubai via Singapore. In early 2009, Melbourne will commence a third-daily service while Brisbane will commence a twice-daily service, direct to Dubai. These additional flights will be serviced by a state-of-the-art Airbus A340-500.
Emirates operate 28 flights per week into New Zealand - daily into Christchurch from Sydney and thrice daily into Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 
For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or

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