Aeroflot has signed a fresh contract with English Premier League club Manchester United to continue the association as the club’s official carrier. Aeroflot will provide United with strategic advice on travel for the team and club representatives.
The first contract between United and Aeroflot was signed in 2013 and was drawn up for five years. The partnership marked the English club’s first commercial venture in Russia, where it reportedly has 18 million followers. The financial details of the contract have not been made public. But in accordance with the first deal, Manchester United received $40 million from the airline.
United made their last trip to Russia as part of their Europa League round of 16 tie against FC Rostov in March.
Founded in 1923, Aeroflot is Russia’s leading airline, having won ‘Best Airline in Eastern Europe’ at the 2016 SKYTRAX World Airline Awards. Other accolades include the ‘Most Stylish Airline’ award by Skyscanner as well as Russia’s ‘Company of the Year 2012’. The airline has a fleet of 137 planes.
Manchester United are the most decorated team in England, with 42 trophies. The club are 20-time champions of England, 12-time winners of the FA Cup, five-time winners of the League Cup and three-time champions of Europe.