By Staff writer
The City Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is scheduled to Manchester, Jordan, Spain, Indonesia and China
Etihad Airways unveiled a special livery design honouring its partnership with Manchester City Football Club with the arrival of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner,
The aircraft's inaugural flight was to Manchester Airport where its passengers were met by Omar Berrada, chief operating officer for Manchester City, City legend Joleon Lescott, Karen Bardsley and mascots for a welcome ceremony to mark the occasion. Guests travelling on the inaugural flight were given City branded merchandise on arrival.
Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Manchester is a very important destination in the Etihad network serving both business and leisure travellers. We are proud to showcase the city, and our partnership with the club through this uniquely branded aircraft. It is only fitting that its first commercial flight is to Manchester.”
Berrada added “Manchester City’s partnership with Etihad Airways continues to go from strength to strength and this new livery is yet another example of how Etihad are celebrating the achievements of the club with fans around the world. This is an exciting milestone in our partnership, and we can’t wait to see the City crest and colours take to the skies.”
In the coming months, the specially painted City Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will also be scheduled to fly in and out of destinations including Manchester, Jordan, Spain, Indonesia and China.
Etihad Airways flies to Manchester Airport 14 times a week.
The new Manchester City-themed livery is the first since 2011, when Etihad Airways unveiled the “Blue Moon Rising” A330-200 in celebration of its second daily service to Manchester.transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.