Etihad Boeing 787 9 Dreamliner Manchester livery

Etihad Airways unveils Manchester City FC livery on new Dreamliner

Etihad Airways has welcomed the arrival of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, unveiling a special livery design honouring its partnership with Manchester City Football Club.

The aircraft was delivered to Etihad in Abu Dhabi on October 18, ahead of its inaugural flight to Manchester Airport today, October 24.. On arrival, the flight and its passengers were met by Omar Berrada, chief operating officer for Manchester City, City legend Joleon Lescott, players Leroy Sané and Karen Bardsley as well as City mascots for a welcome ceremony to mark the historic occasion. Guests travelling on the inaugural flight were given City branded merchandise on arrival.

Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “As we celebrate a decade of this successful partnership, we are proud to see the Manchester City colours grace our runways and skies, as the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner takes flight. This livery pays tribute to the Club’s incredible accomplishments on and off the pitch.

“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.”

Omar Berrada, chief operating officer at Manchester City, said: “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 City Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be scheduled to fly in and out of destinations including Manchester, Jordan, Spain, Indonesia and China.

The new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features the airline's innovative cabin designs and products, including the ‘fixed wing’ headrest for economy travellers. The Business Studios feature direct aisle access and a fully-flat bed of up to 80.5 inches in length.


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