Etihad Airways, the national airline of United Arab Emirates, to commemorate the sponsorship of Manchester City Football Club by unveiling a specially liveried A330-200 aircraft that will fly between Manchester and Abu Dhabi. The daily flight becomes effective from August 1, 2011.
Etihad currently flies to the UAE’s capital city seven times a week.
The stunning beauty was painted by a team of 40 painters, who worked round the clock for 18 days to get the plane painted in the colours of Manchester Football Club.
The aircraft will operate on the Abu Dhabi-Manchester route, will also serve Milan, Frankfurt, Brussels, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Istanbul and other destinations throughout the Middle East and India.
Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said, “We are very proud of our sponsorship of Manchester City Football Club, and of our commitment to the wider community. Manchester has been a key destination for Etihad for five years, and the increase in frequency to double daily indicates our dedication to the region.?
He also added that both business and leisure travellers from all over the northwest of England can now take advantage of the services.