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Why Flight Attendants Handed Germany Their FIFA World Cup Medals

July 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM | by | ()

Who are the women in veils behind FIFA officials during the World Cup trophy presentation? It was a question passed around Twitter in the few minutes after the final score, and we've got the answer.

These ladies, on the soccer pitch of Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã Stadium to present medals to the winning team, are flight attendants for Emirates, a major sponsor of the 2014 World Cup.

Following the final match between Argentina and Germany, which Germany won 1-0, a whole line of these red-lipped ladies emerged with trays of medals. The answer to their identity lay in the big red ad banners for Emirates around the field. A similar scene went down in 2010, as Emirates as also a key FIFA sponsor with their cabin crew in tow during that World Cup.

Will the millions and millions of World Cup viewers now think Emirates when next they have to book a flight? Probably not, but it did get Emirates' name included with all the World Cup buzz of the final. The real winner here, alas, is Lufthansa with their "Fanhansa" airplane livery. Expect to see the German airline's A321s, A330s, A340s, and brand-new 747-8is plying the skies in their special World Cup paintjobs for several more weeks, at the very least.

[Photo: @PointstoPointB, Emirates]

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