Manchester United Unveils Aeroflot as Official Carrier
*First deal with Russian company
MANCHESTER, England -- July 8, 2013
Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) has today announced a five-year partnership with
Aeroflot. The Moscow-based international airline will become the Club’s
This partnership marks the Club’s first commercial venture in Russia - an
expanding market it is keen to explore further and where it has close to 18
Announced at a ceremony at United’s Old Trafford stadium today, Aeroflot’s CEO
Vitaly Saveliev and Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard
Arnold were joined by team manager, David Moyes and the first team squad, to
celebrate the partnership.
Founded in 1923, Aeroflot is Russia’s leading airline, having recently won
‘Best Airline in Eastern Europe’ at the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards. Its
latest accolades include the ‘Most Stylish Airline’ award by Skyscanner as
well as Russia’s ‘Company of the Year 2012’.
As the Official Carrier of Manchester United, Aeroflot will provide the
English Premier League champions with strategic advice on travel for the team
and club representatives.
Aeroflot has 137 planes and one of the youngest fleets in Europe, with an
average age of five to six years and in 2012, the Group provided an
outstanding travel experience to its 27.5 million passengers. Each of its
luxury aircraft features comfortable seating as well as award-winning on-board
menus designed by Michelin-starred chefs. As a member of SkyTeam global
airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners provide services to more than 1000
destinations in 178 countries and offer the shortest route between Europe and
Asia, via Moscow.
Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments:
"Manchester United and Aeroflot share several core values and we are pleased
to be welcoming such a high quality company as a sponsor. Like the Club,
Aeroflot demonstrates team work, quality and a pride in its heritage, whilst
still embracing new technologies and innovation.
"Aeroflot is celebrating its 90th birthday this year, but has already
impressed us with its youthful energy. We look forward to developing a
meaningful partnership with them and reaching our fans in innovative and
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