Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways has signed a three-year deal to sponsor Chelsea Football Club.

The "seven figure" deal means that the airline will be a Platinum Sponsor and official international airline partner.

Etihad Airways’ chief executive, James Hogan, said: "The partnership with Chelsea will provide the airline with terrific exposure to a global audience.


 Shaun Wright Phillips poses with a falcon,

"It also illustrates Etihad’s ambitions to be associated with the best names in sport and therefore we are delighted that the Etihad brand will be seen every week at Stamford Bridge and on Chelsea media and merchandise."


 Left to right: Etihad Airways’ chief executive, James Hogan and Shaun Wright Phillips

Hogan and Wright Phillips pose with a falcon, the national bird of the UAE.

Source: FlightGlobal.com