27 Mar 2013 06:30

Sheikh Abdullah Mohd Khalid S Al Nahayn, Al Ain Football Company Board Chairman, has announced Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, as the new official airline partner of the UAE Pro-League leaders, and the country’s most successful football club, Al Ain FC. 

Al Ain FC

The announcement was made at a media briefing at Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday, March 26 and was hosted by Sheikh Abdullah Mohd Khaled S Al Nahyan, Al Ain football company board chairman, HE. and Hareb Al Muhairy, Etihad Airways’ Vice President UAE, and HE Mohammed Abdullah bin Bdoua, Al Ain football company board member.

They were joined by Al Ain FC players Omar Abdulrahman and Asamoah Gyan who helped celebrate the new partnership on the stadium pitch with members of Etihad Airways’ cabin crew.

Sheikh Abdullah Mohd Khaled S Al Nahyan expressed his pleasure by the new partnership with Etihad Airways, saying: “The strategic partnership between Al Ain and Etihad Airways will focus on new marketing and brand-promotion opportunities. Al Ain FC considers its fans as key to its success so the new deal also contains benefits to them.

“Al Ain Football Club is the most decorated team in UAE football after winning a record number of titles and trophies. We have also pioneered many great partnership deals with the biggest commercial companies and European football clubs.

“Today the successes continue by the deal signed with Etihad Airways, four times consecutive winner of the World’s Leading Airline award, and it is the club’s ideal official airline.”

“We are very excited about the partnership and proud to join other prestigious global sporting teams, events and stadia sponsored by Etihad Airways, such as Manchester City FC, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and Manchester.”

The partnership will see Etihad Airways and Al Ain FC working together on a number of key initiatives such as the provision of club flights to AFC Champions League fixtures around the region as well as promotions for club management, players and supporters.

Hareb Al Muhairy said: “Al Ain Football Club is a powerhouse in UAE and Asian football, and is the only UAE team to have won the AFC Champions League. We are delighted to be named as the club’s official airline and look forward to deepening our partnership.

“Etihad Airways sponsors the current football and rugby Premier League Champions of England and it is fantastic to add Al Ain FC to our portfolio of sporting champions. We wish the players and management the best of luck as they look to win their 11th UAE Pro-League title this season.”

Follow the team online at www.alainfc.net where you can find all the latest information on club news, fixtures, results and membership.

Etihad Airways currently sponsors Manchester City FC, Al Ain FC, Harlequins, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the GAA All Ireland Hurling Championships, and the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

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