Thursday 29 September 2016

FAI scores with six-figure sponsorship by CityJet as Euros loom

Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30

CityJet crew member Fiona Phelan (left)with Martin O'Neill, Irish team manager; and CityJet crew member Lisa O’Brien with Pat Byrne, executive chairman, CityJet (right) at the announcement that CityJet has been appointed Official Airline Partner of the FAI
CityJet crew member Fiona Phelan (left)with Martin O'Neill, Irish team manager; and CityJet crew member Lisa O’Brien with Pat Byrne, executive chairman, CityJet (right) at the announcement that CityJet has been appointed Official Airline Partner of the FAI

Dublin-based airline CityJet has been appointed the official airline partner of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). It's understood to involve a substantial six-figure sum.

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As part of its role, CityJet will fly the Irish squad to the European Championships in France in June.

CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne said the Irish team "carries the nation's hopes" in the Euro 16 finals.

"It's a great honour to have the opportunity of flying the Boys in Green to France and to continue as on-going partner to the FAI," he said.

CityJet's main base is London City Airport, where it's one of the biggest carriers. It serves cities around Europe, including Dublin and Cork.

FAI chief executive John Delaney said that having an Irish airline as an official partner is important for the organisation.

"We are really looking forward to working closely with the CityJet team in a year which offers so much excitement and promise for everyone who loves Irish football."

CityJet is offering Republic of Ireland season ticket holders a 10pc discount on all of its flights.

CityJet is currently renewing its fleet, and will soon take delivery of the first of the Russian Sukhoi Superjets it has ordered.

The first aircraft to be received will be used by CityJet on its charter activities. Further Superjets will be used on its London City routes from next year.

Irish Independent

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