10 Apr 2016 09:00
Etihad Airways and Jet Airways are continuing their sponsorship as Official Airline partners and principal sponsors of defending champions Mumbai Indians at this year’s Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket tournament.
airlines are lending support for the third year running to one of the most
successful franchise teams in the IPL and one of India’s biggest sports brands since
the tournament was launched in 2008. Mumbai Indians feature some of the sport’s
The team is captained by Indian batsman
and coached by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting. Star players in this
year’s squad include Indian spin bowler Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lankan fast bowler
Lasith Malinga, New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, England wicketkeeper
Joss Buttler and West Indies’ Lendl Simmons, who won the ICC T20 World Cup with
his national team in India last week.
Mumbai Indians are playing a series of matches at their home
ground, Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, as well as several away games during the
six-week festival of top cricketing entertainment. The team’s first match is in Mumbai tonight (April 9) against the
Rising Pune Supergiants.
Crowned champions of the 2013 and 2015 Indian
Premier League T20, the Mumbai Indians will be looking to continue their
winning streak by defending their title this year.
coincides with the May 1 debut of Etihad Airways’ long-awaited Airbus A380 on
one of its thrice-daily Abu Dhabi – Mumbai flights, operating as a codeshare service
with Jet Airways, and featuring the award-winning The Residence – the world’s
first three-room suite on a commercial airliner.
and Jet Airways offer the largest combined frequencies to and from India of any
other international airline with 254 weekly flights connecting 15 gateway
cities in India with the world.
Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Etihad Airways has a great sporting
tradition, supporting leading teams around the world. Mumbai Indians are no
exception. We are delighted to team up with our Indian partner Jet Airways to
once again sponsor Mumbai Indians, arguably the best domestic sporting brand in
“As defending champions of the Vivo Indian Premier League
T20, Mumbai Indians have given cricketing fans around the world some great
entertainment over the years and we look forward for success to be repeated at
this year’s tournament. Fans attending matches or watching in their millions on
TV around the world promise to enjoy a six-week feast of thrilling
entertainment on the field.”
Gaurang Shetty, Jet Airways Whole-time Director, said: “Our partnership with the Mumbai Indians is
a truly winning combination. We are excited to extend this association with the
defending champions to the 2016 IPL. We look forward to another year of
thrilling competition and engagement with fans as Rohit Sharma and his team set
out to emulate their title-winning performance.”
same format as last year, Etihad Airways’ logo will appear on the back of
shirts worn by the Mumbai Indians for home matches, and the Jet Airways logo
will be featured in the same position for away matches.
Under the sponsorship
agreement, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways will enjoy extensive branding and
messaging beamed across LED pitch-side advertising and on giant screens at Wankhede