Manchester United Becomes First Football Club to Have its Own Aircraft Livery

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Some football fans may laugh, others cry, but there will surely be a glint of pride in the eyes of at least a few Manchester United supporters, when they see 'their' latest plane.

The AirAsia "Red Devils Airbus A320" touches down at KLIA (pictures on acft body : Park Ji Sung, Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand)

Low cost airline, AirAsia has honored Manchester United, one of the most popular football clubs in the world, by having one of its aircraft painted in the colors of the club.

The 9M-AFC, otherwise known as the Red Devil Airbus A320, arrived at the KL International Airport from Toulouse, France. The 180 seater Airbus A320 is emblazoned in signature red, and adorned with images of the club's elite players on both sides of the aircraft's fuselage. The tail and aircraft engines also feature the Manchester United Football Club's Crest.

AirAsia's Group Chief Executive Officer, Dato' Tony Fernandes, and Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, Kamarudin Meranun, posses in front of the newly arrived Airbus A320 which spots a unique livery in conjunction with AirAsia's partnership with Manchester United

"Manchester United has one of the biggest following in Asia. As the official low fare airline for Manchester United, AirAsia hopes to create opportunities and exciting avenues to reach out and connect with MU's loyal fan base in Asia. As such, it is only befitting that we dedicate the aircraft to all the Manchester United Fans in Asia." said Dato' Tony Fernandes, Group CEO, AirAsia Berhad.

"We are delighted to be the first football club in the world to own our very own aircraft livery. The AirAsia Red Devil Airbus is an epitome of how a dynamic sponsor like AirAsia, can creatively blend art and function into their everyday business. The plane will certainly ensure we're the most well traveled team in Asia" said Peter Draper, Marketing Director, Manchester United Football Club.

The Red Devil Airbus A320 is AirAsia's 3rd Airbus delivery within 2 months. The aircraft will commence servicing Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Surabaya, Indonesia, from 3rd February 2006.

Featured on the Red Devil Airbus A320 are:

 Sir Alex Ferguson
Park Ji Sung
Wayne Rooney
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Cristiano Ronaldo
Alan Smith
Rio Ferdinand

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