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Football: Park Ji-sung signs for AirAsia; reunites with Tony Fernandes

Park Ji-sung has signed up as a global ambassador for AirAsia, headed by Tony Fernandes, the footballer’s former employer at Queens Park Rangers. Photo: AFP.

Korean legend Park Ji-sung has signed up as a global ambassador for AirAsia, headed by Tony Fernandes, the footballer’s former employer at Queens Park Rangers. Photo: AFP.

December 11, 2014: Park Ji-sung, 33, was announced as a global ambassador for AirAsia at a press conference in Seoul on Wednesday. The announcement was also marked by the launch of an Airbus A330 aircraft livery featuring the former Korea Republic and Manchester United football star.

 

As ambassador, Park will be featured in AirAsia’s upcoming global campaigns and make event appearances across the region and travel on AirAsia flights.

 

“It’s a great honour to be appointed AirAsia’s global ambassador, to champion a great product and I hope together we can help spread hope and dreams throughout the region,” Park said.

 

Park became the first Asian player to win the UEFA Champions League when he helped Manchester United lift the trophy in 2008. He played for the club from 2005 until 2012 before joining Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and finishing his career by spending the 2013-14 season on loan at former club PSV Eindhoven.

 

Park and Fernandes share a laugh at the Seoul press conference.

Park and Fernandes share a laugh at the Seoul press conference.

Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia, remains the owner of QPR and was delighted to be reunited with his former team captain in a new partnership.

 

“Ji and AirAsia’s stories share a common thread – he dared to dream the impossible and through hard work, he’s achieved monumental success,” Fernandes said. “He truly embodies the spirit of the brand and is the perfect ambassador to help propel AirAsia forward in the region. We hope that this partnership will continue to serve as an inspiration for youth that nothing is impossible.”

 

The Airbus A330 with the Park livery will be operated by AirAsia X throughout its network across countries including Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Australia, China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia. AirAsia’s network covers over 90 destinations.

 

Source: AirAsia (www.airasia.com); Editing by SportAsia

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