Football Masters Arrive on Etihad Airways

Published April 4th, 2006 - 12:12 GMT

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is continuing to bring the leading names in sport to the region, with former England football legends, Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle the first of the Masters stars to arrive in the UAE.

Gazza and Chris Waddle flew into Abu Dhabi, direct from Manchester on Monday night, on Etihad’s new purpose-built A330-200 aircraft.

Commenting on the new aircraft and Etihad in-flight service, Paul Gascoigne said “I was very impressed with the Etihad hospitality, and it was an extremely enjoyable flight. It is great to arrive from the UK feeling so relaxed – let’s hope it stands me in good stead to play well at the Masters.”

“We are very proud that these famous football stars have chosen to fly with the national airline of the UAE. Etihad is fulfilling its commitment of bringing sporting legends – young and old - to the region and we wish Paul and Chris the very best of luck in the Masters Football Cup Dubai 2006,” said Ian Ferguson-Brown, Head of Brand Management and Communications, Etihad Airways.

Other famous names including Ally McCoist, Frank McAvennie and Ian Rush will also be flying with Etihad Airways to join Gazza and Chris Waddle in Thursday night’s football spectacular.

The Masters Football Cup Dubai 2006 is taking place this Thursday 6, April at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, The Aviation Club. Gates Open: 6:45 p.m. Kick Off: 8:00 p.m. Tickets: Hotline: 800 4669 

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is the world’s leading new airline and will now offer flights for Guests and cargo to 30 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

Etihad Crystal Cargo – – offers a comprehensive range of cargo services throughout Etihad’s network, and services its many all-cargo destinations and world-wide charters with a fleet of modern regional freighter aircraft.

Etihad Holidays - - offers a range of innovative holiday options to 69 destinations across 23 countries. Packages include skiing, fly-drives, cruises and tours.

Through these exciting divisions, Etihad Airways is changing the way people see the world.

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