Jennifer Aniston is apparently being paid $5 million to endorse Emirates according to Page Six.
Delta’s Richard Anderson vows never to watch Friends re-runs again.
Of course as with all things aviation-related in non-specialized media, there’s a bit of misreporting.
We’re told that Aniston, 46, has shot a campaign for Emirates, which is based in Dubai and is the world’s biggest international carrier.
“The world’s biggest international carrier”…? I’m not even sure what this would mean… American is the largest airline. Turkish flies to the most countries.
Meanwhile the UK’s Daily Mail explains “the international carrier offers plush private suites on board their Airbus A380 flights” and then purports to show those suites:
While that’s clearly a private jet interior, the Emirates A380 suites are:
- way more blinged out
- even cooler, because shower
Aniston is apparently honeymooning at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. Emirates doesn’t fly there. If she wished, as part of her deal, she probably could have honeymooned on the upper deck of one of their A380s.
Of course the Aniston-Emirates deal comes on the heels of Etihad featuring Nicole Kidman. I’ve been a huge Nicole Kidman fan since I was a kid, when my aunt cast her in her first adult starring film role (after BMX Bandits but several years before Days of Thunder).
The region is no stranger to using American film stars (Kidman is Australian of course, but she came a long way from appearing in Aussie movies like the ones my aunt made) in their advertising. Turkish for years featured Kevin Costner.
Still somehow my favorite movie star traveling abroad to film commercials is Bill Murray endorsing the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo…