Mumbai Indians Cricket Team

Etihad Airways and Jet Airways sign sponsorship of Mumbai Indians Cricket Team

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), continues to strengthen ties with India and equity partner, Jet Airways, following a new sponsorship deal naming both airlines as principal sponsors and official airlines of the celebrated Mumbai Indians cricket team.

This is the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s first high profile sports sponsorship in the region and one that underscores its expanding commitment to the Indian market.

A franchise cricket team of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Mumbai Indians are the largest social sports brand in India and are closely followed by millions of fans across the globe. The team is known for its balance of experienced cricketers as well as the young talented players scouted from India and across the world.

Crowned as champions of the 2013 IPL, the Mumbai Indians will be playing in the Pepsi IPL 2014 Tournament whose first 20 matches will be hosted in the UAE. Along with the Mumbai Indians, seven teams will showcase their cricketing skills in the UAE leg of the tournament which will take place between 16 and 30 April at three different venues: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “As India continues to play an important part in the growth of Etihad Airways, this new sponsorship deal provides an excellent opportunity for us to reinforce our global brand in India, cement our partnership with Jet Airways and forge close and long-lasting relationships with the Indian travelling public, many of whom we know are huge cricket fans.

“Sport sponsorships form a major part of Etihad’s international marketing strategy.  We are delighted to add the Mumbai Indians, the reigning champions of the Indian Premier League, to our growing portfolio of global sporting associations.”

Etihad Airways sponsorship portfolio includes, Manchester City Football Club, the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Etihad Stadium in Manchester, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Harlequins Rugby Club, GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship, and most recently the Major League Soccer in the US.

Among the highlights of the sponsorship agreement will be the display of extensive Etihad Airways and Jet Airways branding and messaging beamed across LED pitch-side advertising and on giant screens in the stadium. This will occur during the Mumbai Indians home matches including the tournament’s first game which will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. In addition, the airlines’ logos will be prominently displayed on the teams’ shirts and merchandise. 

A comprehensive activation plan with the Mumbai Indians will be held including community programs, competitions and promotions for flights and holidays with the teams’ fans.

Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways, said: “We are excited to team up with Etihad Airways to sponsor the Mumbai Indians, as they prepare to take part in one of crickets’ most high profile tournaments featuring top cricketers from all over the world.

Cricket is a hugely popular sport around the world and especially in India. Sponsoring an all-star cricket team like the Mumbai Indians will surely provide our airlines with fantastic brand exposure on a global level and offer an impressive platform to connect with our customers while at the same time engaging with the community.”

Etihad Airways currently serves a total of 10 Indian cities which includes Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi, Trivandrum and the recently launched route to Jaipur.

Etihad Airways and equity partner Jet airways had previously jointly hosted the Manchester City FC football coaching clinics in Mumbai and Delhi in December 2013.

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer

Etihad Airways is the proud official airline partner of Major League Soccer since March 2014 

MLS is one of the fastest growing leagues in world football with average attendances now higher than traditional US heavyweight sports of basketball and baseball!

The MLS partnership will enable Etihad Airways to continue to build its brand in the US and Canada, and offers an ideal platform to interact with the millions of sports fans and communities across the country. Etihad Airways and MLS will work together on a number of activations and initiatives including community programs, as well as hosting competitions and promotions for flights and holidays with MLS fans.

MLS fans should sign up to Etihad twitter and Facebook pages to ensure they have the chance to win tickets, merchandise and some amazing flights!

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Helping to bring the world together

As a global, innovative and young airline with a fresh approach to everything we do, we associate ourselves with a large number of events and causes that reflect our own position as a catalyst for change. 

We support the promotion of local culture in the UAE and worldwide, and sponsor cultural and sporting events that are consistent with our values of hospitality, team spirit and helping to bring the world together.
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Manchester City Football Club

Manchester City Football Club

Etihad Airways has been Manchester City Football Club’s main club partner since May, 2009. During that time the club has enjoyed considerable success with an FA Cup win in 2011 and the Barclays Premier League victory in season 2011-12.

The Club’s stadium has been renamed as the Etihad Stadium, forming the centre piece of a newly-named Etihad Campus, which encompasses a large part of the Sportcity site in East Manchester, the popular City Square entertainment space and additional existing and planned facilities. It’s a period of great success for Manchester City, and Etihad Airways are delighted to play a part in this great period for the Club.

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Al Ain Football Club’s Airline Partner

Al Ain Football Club’s Airline Partner Etihad Airways is proud to play a part in the future of the Al Ain Football Club, as the club’s new official airline partner.  The Al Ain FC are the UAE Pro-League leaders, and the country’s most successful football club.

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

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Etihad Stadium – Melbourne Australia

Etihad Stadium – Melbourne Australia

Etihad is proud to sponsor Melbourne’s premier multi purpose sports and entertainment venue - Etihad Stadium.

Located at the gateway to Melbourne’s Central Business District in the exciting Docklands precinct, the 55,000 capacity stadium features a fully retractable roof and hosts over 100 sporting, concert, and cultural events every year.

Opened in 2000, its central location also means easy access for fans traveling by public transport, taxi or private car, be they Concert goers or Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Rugby, or Cricket fans.

Etihad Stadium branding features on giant landmark signs on the outside of the building and on all directional, scoreboard and perimeter advertising signage throughout the interior of the Stadium.

The sponsorship announced at a press conference held at the stadium attended by James Hogan CEO Etihad Airways and Ian Collins CEO Melbourne Stadiums Limited in 2009 has introduced a new word into the Australian language – “are you going to Etihad at the weekend?”

Etihad flies daily from Abu Dhabi direct non-stop to Melbourne.

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F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Etihad Airways is proud to be the title sponsor of the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The sponsorship, which commenced with the inaugural 2009 F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix showcases both Etihad and Abu Dhabi to a global TV audience of over 80 million people.

Held at the spectacular, purpose built Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi, the race was a sellout in its first year and voted best event of the 2009 season by the FIA.

Along with the world-class Circuit and Marina, Yas Island features signature hotels and a golf course, with a Ferrari theme park, a 300,000 square metre retail area and much, much more to be completed shortly.

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Etihad Airways is a Diamond Sponsor and the Official Airline for the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, which is one of the largest golfing tournaments in the region and takes place at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

With a prize fund of USD 2 million and 120 golf professionals from the European Tour, Etihad is proud to be associated with such a successful tournament.

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Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Etihad is proud to be the major sponsor of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Acknowledged as the pinnacle of sports awards in Australia for over 25 years, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame recognizes and promotes the outstanding sporting achievements of Australia’s greatest sportsmen and sportswomen.

A highlight of the sponsorship is the Annual Induction and Awards presented by Etihad Airways and when the “Don Award”, named after inaugural Member and cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman is awarded for the most inspiring sporting achievement of the past twelve months.

Etihad’s partnership with the Sport Australia Hall of Fame provides an ideal platform to recognize the common goals of excellence and achievement, and as a young entity ourselves, support the next generation of Australian stars.



Etihad Airways has signed a 12 month extension to its sponsorship of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship as the official sponsor and airline.

The GAA was first signed in March 2008 and the partnership has been highly successful with Abu Dhabi hosting the MDonnelly Inter-Provincial Hurling Championship last year between Leinster and Connacht.

Etihad also won the European Sponsorship of the year award in the Business to Consumer category for its marketing activity during the first year of the deal.

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships is one of Ireland’s oldest sporting competitions, with the first final taking place back in 1887.

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Etihad Airways is the main sponsor of the UK Premiership rugby team, Harlequins RFC. Harlequins are based at The Twickenham Stoop in London and compete in the top rugby league in the UK and all the top European club competitions.

The partnership with Harlequins provides Etihad with an ideal international platform to connect with customers in the UK and around the world.

Among the highlights of the partnership is the branding of the stadium roof, which is placed under the London Heathrow airport flight path, in Etihad livery. The East Stand of the Twickenham Stoop was also renamed the Etihad Stand.

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Grassroots Sponsorship

Grassroots Sponsorship Etihad Airways continues to align itself with innovative sports events and teams across the region, from international level down to the grass roots. At a local level, Etihad is a lead sponsor for the Abu Dhabi Harlequins Rugby Union Football Club, which has been competing in the region since 1969, and has 15 teams covering men’s, women’s, veterans’, youth and mini rugby.

Etihad is the title sponsor of the “Etihad Junior Rugby Festival” which took place for the first time in November 2008. The Rugby Festival consists of a training camp for kids in the community and a Junior Rugby Tournament which involves more than 1500 children aged 7 to 18 and which is believed to be the biggest junior tournament of its kind. The training camp takes place over four days and involves some of Harlequins Rugby coaches as well as some past and present players.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Etihad Airways is proud to announce it has become a Major Partner of Australia’s premier cultural destination, Sydney Opera House. Recognised the world over, Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s architectural wonders as well as being one of the world’s busiest cultural venues.

This exciting partnership will see Etihad bring more international artists to Sydney and provide Australians and our inbound visitors with access to all the cultural opportunities of a truly global city. It will also give more people from around the world the chance to visit and experience this iconic venue. The World Heritage Listed Sydney Opera House welcomes over 8.2 million visitors on site every year and hosts 1,800 performances attended by 1.4 million people.  

Nations Tri and Tri Yas

Nations Tri and Tri Yas

Etihad Airways is the new official airline sponsor of 2013 Events DC’s Nation’s Triathlon, marking the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s first entry into sports sponsorship in the US capital. The deal will see the airline support the Nation’s Triathlon through flight provision for athletes and other promotional activities, as well as forging a partnership between the Nations Triathlon in Washington D.C. and the Tri Yas Triathlon in Abu Dhabi.

The 2013 edition of the Nation’s Triathlon will welcome 5,000 participants to one of the largest international distance triathlons in the United States. We are delighted to support the world renowned Nation’s Triathlon in Washington DC and its sister race, Tri Yas, which takes place in our home of Abu Dhabi.

The partnership creates a sister city relationship between two premier triathlons, the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon and Tri Yas, elevating each race’s opportunity for international exposure. Both events take place in capital cities and Etihad Airways is the common link between these two triathlons in cities.