A decade ago, Manchester, England’s second largest city, was most definitely red. But with the help of Etihad, the city’s ‘other club’ Manchester City, has painted the town blue.
Now, thanks to the airline’s Manchester City livery on their Boeing 787 Dreamliner, they’re making sure the skies follow suit.
After 10 years, four Premier League victories and two FA Cups for Manchester City, Etihad has unveiled spanking new livery on their 787-9 Dreamliner that will fly in and out of destinations – including Abu Dhabi and Manchester, as well as Jordan, Spain, Indonesia and China.
Etihad flies direct from Abu Dhabi to Manchester Airport 14 times a week, providing guests with direct access to the city that gave the world LS Lowry, Emmeline Pankhurst and... Oasis! In addition to flights to and from London Heathrow, the route connects the UK to Abu Dhabi and then onward to international destinations throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.
The plane’s new livery – their first for MCFC – was six months in the making. It was designed internally, combining Etihad Airways’ iconic tail with the sky blue of Manchester City Football Club to create a striking all-blue design – more than 30 people worked on the MCFC livery project before any of the 200 gallons of paint were applied to the new aircraft.
The application of the design itself took 12 days to complete. Painted at the Boeing facility in Charleston, South Carolina by a team of approximately 70. They then operated a three-shift per-day rotation to ensure the plane was finished in time.
The engines, which feature the MCFC logo, were particularly challenging and took three full days to perfect.
Landing in Manchester after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi, the Dreamliner was met by Manchester City’s COO as well as the club’s midfielder Leroy Sane.
“It was an honour and privilege to help unveil Etihad’s new Manchester City branded plane,” Sane told GQ. “The Club and the Etihad Stadium mean a lot to the fans and the people of Manchester, and to know that this plane is leaving a footprint in different countries around the world is something we can all be proud of.”
Indeed, with the MCFC Livery in the sky, it’s bringing one of the UK’s standout cities – and teams – to the world.