Manchester city stars turn Etihad's new hub into impromptu football pitch

In a remarkable display of skill and camaraderie, players from Manchester City's esteemed football team converged at Etihad's new hub, transforming it into a vibrant makeshift football pitch. Conceptualized by Impact BBDO, the video served as a jubilant tribute to Etihad Airways' relocation to its new home, Zayed International Airport. The short film features members of the elite Manchester City men's first team, including Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Erling Haaland, and Kevin De Bruyne, among others, as they showcase their exceptional football skills amidst the bustling terminal. The narrative unfolds with a young Emirati football fan, inspired by a video clip of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, embarking on an adventure through the airport.Encountering the players amidst the airport bustle, the young fan is initially discouraged by Grealish from taking a ball but is emboldened by Guardiola's approval. A moment of excitement turns chaotic as the pyramid display of footballs collapses, sending hundreds of balls scattering across the terminal. Undeterred, the Manchester City stars use their exceptional prowess to reconstruct the display, captivating passengers and spectators alike.Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad, expressed delight in the collaboration with Manchester City, highlighting the joy of interacting with sporting stars and the premium experience offered at Zayed International Airport. Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and CEO at Abu Dhabi Airports, emphasized the airport's commitment to reimagining the travel experience and showcasing Emirati culture and hospitality.Ferran Soriano, CEO of City Football Group, praised the partnership with Etihad Airways and celebrated the video as a special moment for both organizations and the extraordinary Zayed International Airport. The video's unveiling marks a significant milestone for Etihad Airways and aligns with its Journey 2030 vision.Zayed International Airport's state-of-the-art facilities, including tailored services for Economy, Business, and First-class passengers, offer a seamless and luxurious travel experience. With its blend of athleticism, creativity, and celebration of culture, the video exemplifies the spirit of collaboration between Manchester City, Etihad Airways, and Zayed International Airport, promising travelers an unforgettable journey through Abu Dhabi's premier aviation hub.

Treble winners Manchester City fly home on Etihad Airways’ city branded livery

Abu Dhabi: Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, today flew the victorious Manchester City team home on a unique Club-liveried Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The charter flight followed their historic Saturday night win in Istanbul and is the first time a European champion team has flown home on their own branded aircraft.Etihad’s specially branded Dreamliner, registered A6-BND, flew the team from Istanbul to Manchester Airport on Sunday 11 June. The aircraft design honours the airline’s prestigious 14-year partnership with the Club and features Manchester City’s hallmark blue colour and club branding.Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “A first in the Club’s history, last night’s win is an outstanding achievement for our long-standing partners Manchester City. On behalf of the entire team at Etihad, our congratulations go to the fans, players, team and the visionary leadership at City. We are delighted to celebrate this momentous occasion by flying the new Champions of Europe home to Manchester on their very own Club-branded aircraft.“We are sure the team will have enjoyed the highest levels of service and hospitality from our award-winning Cabin Crew as they celebrate their achievements on board,” he continued.Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive Officer, City Football Group, commented: “This is a very special moment in the Club’s history and travelling back to Manchester in a specially liveried aircraft is a fitting way to mark such a historic weekend. We are delighted to be able to share this success with Etihad and thank them for their fantastic support as a long-term partner of the club.”On the flight, the players were treated to a specially designed celebratory menu, cocktails in the team’s signature blue colour and themed treats.The City branded Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was introduced to Etihad’s fleet in October 2019 and has since flown to and from more than 60 destinations including Manchester, Melbourne, Paris, Singapore and the Maldives from its home in Abu Dhabi.: