Few days back, Emirates published the opening of its new commercial and had the world anticipating and guessing what could be its amazing continuation.
“Who was this enigmatic Sir?” was the question being asked all over social media, all over the world.
Some speculated it was an old ‘Friends’ cast; some were even convinced it was ‘Brad Pitt’.
Imagination flowed, as it should have.
Stories were built…beautiful ones.
I, from my side, was expecting the start of an Epic, à la Nespresso campaign, featuring George Clooney and Jean Dujardin.
I was expecting Emirates to leap into awesomeness, and make us dream. Something only Emirates could do.
I could not expect less from the world’s best airlines.
Then came 5pm yesterday, the much anticipated reveal rendez-vouz.
I was on the road and as soon as I stopped at traffic lights, I reached for my phone with such a ridiculous enthusiasm and…
Here was the ‘KID’.
The enthusiasm that started few days back, turned 20 seconds later, into a jaw dropping disappointment.
The Epic I had in mind turned out to be a trip into lame-land.
This much anticipated ad stank of ‘ticked marketing boxes’.
I could almost hear the brand teams shouting out in the background:
‘Let’s add a kid, it would be so cute…and emotional…oh and let’s make him dream of becoming a pilot…. an Emirates pilot!’
‘Where is my family…. Families constitute 56% of our passengers, WE NEED TO HAVE A FAMILY!’
‘What about Economy Class??? We need to highlight that our Economy class is comfortable…”
What I was hoping to be one of the best ads of the month, turned out to be a trip into the mundane, a story where ‘Jen’ is so comfortable in Economy that she doesn’t want to return to her First Class Cabin….
Seriously Emirates? Who will buy this?
I have been flying Emirates for the past 20 years. It is my favorite Airlines, and probably the worlds’ too.
You had a chance to build an epic and become the World’s best advertiser and inspire us a bit more. Make us dream like only you could. But instead, you succumbed to these boxes that needed to be ticked.
I will keep hoping that one day, your communication will be as good as the amazing experience you offer…