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Emirates airline and AC Milan are celebrating their partnership with the unveiling of a bespoke decal which depicts the club’s football players in action on an A380 aircraft that operated on the Dubai - Milan - New York JFK route.

The first flight of the 'AC Milan A380', A6EET operated as EK0205, and touched down at Malpensa International Airport in Milan on Wednesday 9th of March. The decal, spanning over 500 square metres of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, shows AC Milan players, Riccardo Montolivo, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Bacca, Keisuke Honda, Alessio Romagnoli, and Mattia De Sciglio.

"As a global brand connecting people with their passions, we are constantly looking at ways to bring people closer to their favourite sports teams. Emirates has been a proud sponsor of AC Milan for almost a decade and we are excited to showcase our sponsorship with the club around the world. We hope that the AC Milan branded A380 excites both football and aviation fans alike," said Boutros Boutros, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand.

"The sponsorship between AC Milan and Emirates continues, they are two international brands with millions of fans and customers around the world. They have built their relationship on common values such as style, elegance and innovation. The personalization of the Emirates A380 livery with the image of our players will create a growing link between Milan and its fans and between the airline and its passengers. I'm proud and I thank Emirates for being once again on our side," said Barbara Berlusconi, Executive Vice President and CEO of AC Milan.

From Milan, the "AC Milan A380" continued onwards to New York JFK on the non-stop service from Italy’s commercial capital. The aircraft will continue to operate to the 37 destinations currently served by the Emirates A380 around the world.