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British Airways back England 2018 World Cup bid

British Airways has become the latest backer to England's 2018 World Cup bid in a deal with around £1m which will see the company will become the official airline of the bid and will also take official around the world as the campaign nears its finish. 

An England branded Airbus A139 aircraft was also revealed as well as plans reproduce the livery for the plane that the bid team will travel in to the FIFA announcement of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts in December.

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh said: "It's our goal to support the bid campaign to bring the World Cup to England in 2018. We have a world-class airport in Heathrow Terminal 5, and the infrastructure for transport, accommodation, security and stadiums to stage a global event in this country. We look forward to playing our part in backing the bid."

Andy Anson, the chief executive of England 2018, added: "We are delighted to have British Airways on board. They were integral to the London 2012 Games bid and will provide us with valuable support for the remainder of the campaign. We are committed to travelling around the world and meeting with influential figures in the game to discuss the ways in which England could stage a tournament that would be good for global football.  British Airways' extensive worldwide network will help us do that and we look forward to working with them."

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