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Emirates inks deal with MCI to become official airline partner

Emirates forms strategic partnership with global leader in the meetings industry

Dubai, UAE, 27 August 2015. Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and MCI today announced a Global Alliance which will see Emirates becoming the official airline of MCI’s large and international events.  MCI in turn will be the preferred Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) for Emirates.

The strategic partnership will help Emirates build a strong MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition) commercial brand in the meetings industry and better cater to its diverse and frequent business travellers. Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer officiated the signing with MCI’s Chairman Roger Tondeur at the Emirates Group Headquarters yesterday.

“We are always looking to expand our network of customers and connect them to what matters most. The MICE industry is a niche but fast-growing segment for Emirates. Our partnership with MCI will help both organisations work more effectively on the complex requirements of the meetings industry globally. This will allow us to reach more business travellers and more importantly, make corporate travel more convenient and affordable,” said Thierry Antinori.

The partnership will see Emirates connecting delegates from across the globe to key business hubs such as Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. With a global reach spanning over 140 cities on six continents, Emirates will provide delegates from across the globe with one-stop connectivity between continents.  

“MCI is proud to be the preferred PCO for Emirates, one of the world’s leading airlines. The partnership between MCI and Emirates, global leaders in our respective industries will only result in greater convenience for our shared customers. We are responsible for over 4,500 events annually and having Emirates as our official airline partner will streamline travel arrangements for delegates to and from their meetings,” explained Roger Tondeur.

The partnership agreement between Emirates and MCI will last for two years. 

Download photographs of the official signing here.    


For more information please contact:

Lindsey Rodger                                                                                                 

Group PR & Content Manager                                                                                     

MCI Group                                                                                                                                                                      

+41 (0) 22 33 99 549



Emirates connects people and places around the globe, inspiring travel and facilitating trade in over 140 destinations in 81 countries.  On-board its modern and efficient fleet of 235 aircraft, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service, delivered by friendly cabin crew representing over 130 nationalities.  Today, Emirates operates the world’s largest fleets of the iconic A380 and popular Boeing 777s. On the ground, Emirates connects millions of people each year through its other operations including Emirates Holidays, its destination marketing arm, and tour operator Arabian Adventures. Seamless trade connections are supported through Emirates SkyCargo, its cargo division. Visit Emirates at


MCI is the world’s largest provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions and has been a key driver of innovation in the meetings, events, association and congress industries since 1987. Through creative live experiences and digitization, globalization, brand enhancement and content strategies, MCI helps multinational companies and international associations enhance organizational performance, grow globally, energize communities and drive business results. An independent, privately held company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, MCI’s 1,800 professionals in 60 cities and 31 countries help clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa unlock their potential and deliver real change. Find out more at

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