Etihad Airways focuses on three core lifestyle interests that drive competitive advantage from sponsorship: food, fashion and football.
Etihad Airways has a number of football partnerships, including shirt sponsor and official partner of Manchester City Football Club, Manchester City Women’s Football Club, New York City Football Club, Melbourne City Football Club and Melbourne City Women’s Football Club. Etihad Airways is also the official airline partner of Al Ain Football Club, Al Ittihad Football Club and Major League Soccer in the United States.
The airline also remains committed to key sponsorships which promote Abu Dhabi as a business and leisure destination. Its many current partnerships include Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Abu Dhabi Tour, Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
In March 2016, Etihad Airways announced a multi-year partnership with WME | IMG’s Taste Festivals Ltd, the airline, along with many of its Etihad Airways Partners, will have a presence at 14 Taste Festivals in 2016. And now the carrier announced its presence in fashion weeks.
The Abu Dhabi based carrier signed a multi-year airline sponsorship agreement supporting the fashion industry, Etihad Airways will become the official airline of fashion week events in New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Sydney and Mumbai. These are New York Fashion Week: The Shows, MADE Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, London Collections: Men, Milan Fashion Week, Milano Moda Uomo, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and Lakme Fashion Week (Mumbai).
Together with Etihad Airways, Alitalia, Jet Airways, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, NIKI and Etihad Regional will help fashion’s insiders arrive, connect and present at the industry’s key moments throughout the year.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Fashion weeks and Etihad Airways represent an ideal brand fit, as we share attributes of being remarkable, ambitious and innovative. These characteristics are exemplified in our renowned service and hospitality offering. Likewise, design and style are important cultural interests to many of our guests.
“This is a landmark deal because it goes beyond traditional sponsorship and is a world-first agreement for an airline group. As a result of our business model, Etihad Airways Partners will collectively unveil a wide range of exciting new fashion initiatives for guests in our home market of Abu Dhabi and throughout the world.”