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Etihad Airways unveils new livery for Special Olympics World Games, 2019

Etihad Airways, the official airline partner of Special Olympics World Games, Abu Dhabi 2019, unveiled a striking new livery at a special event held at its Engineering hangar, to promote the Games which will take place in the nation’s capital between 14 – 21 March.

The livery was unveiled to the delight of the four athletes who were present to see their images emblazoned across one of the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The four UAE athletes include swimmer Omar Al Shami, runner Hamda Alhosani and bowlers Saleh Almarri and Mariam Al Hosani. The special decal was designed and printed in-house by the airline’s own creative team and applied by technicians at Etihad Airways Engineering facilities in Abu Dhabi.

Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are honoured to support the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and to unveil this very special new livery in recognition of the greatness of the Games and in celebration of the achievements, commitment and determination of the incredible athletes who will participate. This aircraft will continue to fly long after the Games and is just one of the ways the legacy will live on. It is our hope that as this aircraft travels the globe, it will convey a message of hope and inclusion, recognising the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.”

The Presenting Partner of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, ADNOC, is playing a major role in guaranteeing the success of the Games. As a valued partner of Etihad Airways, the ADNOC corporate logo is also featured on the engines of the branded aircraft.

Ghannam Al Mazrouei, Director of the Human Capital and Administration Directorate at ADNOC, said: “ADNOC is very proud to be a presenting partner of the Special Olympics World Games. In collaboration with Etihad Airways today we unveil this livery to raise awareness of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s hosting of the Games. The values that define the Special Olympics movement also define the UAE. This makes the UAE and Abu Dhabi the perfect hosts for an event that will inspire and empower people and whose legacy will ensure a real and positive impact for generations to come.”

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2019. Over 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches, representing more than 190 nations, will participate in 24 officially sanctioned Olympic-style sports in world-class venues throughout Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The unveiling of the special livery demonstrates Etihad Airways commitment to the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, following previous announcements that the airline would not only sponsor the event but also launch its very own employee volunteer programme.

Etihad Airways employees who volunteer for the programme will continue to receive their full salary for up to five days out of the office to volunteer at the Games in March.

The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will take place between 14 – 21 March and you can find further information here:


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