If you?re a rugby fan, imagine how great it would be to be present, live, in New Zealand to watch Australia take on the world in rugby? Emirates, one of the world?s leading airlines, is offering Australian rugby fans the opportunity to travel to New Zealand for less, with promotional offers for flights to pool matches.
Bernard Lapasset, the chairman of the Rugby World Cup expressed his enthusiasm in having Emirates partner with the organization, ?We are delighted to have the renowned international aviation company Emirates Airline on board as a worldwide partner for Rugby World Cup 2011. The tournament is now one of the largest sporting events in the world and its prestige is clearly highlighted by the involvement of blue chip companies such as Emirates.?
Flights from Sydney to Christchurch start from $223 one way or $406 return. Flights to Auckland from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney start from $227 one way or $410 return. All airfares are inclusive of all taxes and charges.*
The low fares makes it possible for supporters to travel in groups, as each individual would incur quite a low rate for the flight.
Australia?s first appearance will be against Italy, in Auckland, on 11th September. Emirates has made this offer valid from 6th September to 2nd October. To take advantage of the offer bookings must be made by 31st August 2011.
Emirates offers 28 flights a week to New Zealand. On a daily basis, there are flights from Sydney to Christchurch? and also from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to Auckland.
The first steps
Emirates became the first Worldwide Partner of the Rugby World Cup 2011, on the 26th of September, 2011. The World Cup is taking place in New Zealand, for the second time after its inaugural event in the country in 1987.
The partnership was announces 3 years back at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. The legendary captain of All Black, Wayne (Beck) Shelford, along with Martin Sneddon, CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011, Kit McConnell, Tournament Director of the International Rugby Board, Gary Chapman, Emirates’ President Group Services and dnata, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Clayton Cosgrove, Minister of Sport were present at the event.
Emirates’ President Group Services, Gary Chapman said, ?Emirates has always had a great affinity with rugby through our sponsorships of the Sevens game and the England and Samoan Sevens squads.?
Terms and conditions for the offer:
- Tickets will be on sale between now and 31 August 2011
- Valid for departures between 6 September 2011 and 2 October 2011
- Changes and cancellation fees apply
- Seats and Class depend on the availability at time of booking
*The inclusive taxes and surcharges quoted are correct at 20 July 2011. These may vary slightly over the travel period.
Emirates decision to step into the world of sports will be beneficial to both the airlines? rapid growth and the rugby fans who keenly await this event.
Sources: Travel Blackboard, Emirates, International Rugby Board.