ATLANTA and MEXICO CITY, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines and Aeroméxico today closed a multi-year sponsorship with the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), the national governing body for the sport of soccer in Mexico and the Mexican National Team (MNT). The sponsorship designates the two airlines as The Official Airline Partners of the Mexican National Team.
The sponsorship promises to deliver premier fan experiences, community engagement and unique online content. With over 140 million loyal MNT fans living in Mexico and the United States, MNT plays an important role in the Hispanic culture and provides a natural platform to celebrate the start of the joint co-operation agreement between Delta and Aeromexico once the JCA becomes effective.
Delta and Aeromexico will serve not only as the team's official airlines, but the global sponsorship will include an array of promotional assets around all games in Mexico, Mexico hosted games in the U.S. as part of the annual MNT U.S. Tour, and at World Cup qualifiers and international exhibitions played in both countries.
"This sponsorship is historic both for Delta and Aeromexico, as well as for the Mexican National Team. We are delighted to be working with a team that resonates so well with our employees and customers on both sides of the border," said Steve Sear, Delta's President — International and E.V.P. — Global Sales. "There could not be a better way to celebrate our two airlines coming together to build our transborder partnership between the U.S. and Mexico when the JCA becomes effective."
"For Aeromexico, as the flag carrier of Mexico, it is a pleasure to be part of this sports deal. This sponsorship reflects the importance of the Mexican National Team for the country and our upcoming partnership with Delta. We are excited to launch this new sponsorship and look forward to the benefits it will bring to our customers and employees," said Anko van der Werff, Chief Revenue Officer at Aeromexico.
Delta is synonymous with sport in the United States where the airline is the official airline sponsor of leading U.S. sports teams including baseball's New York Yankees, hockey's Los Angeles Kings and American football's Minnesota Vikings. Delta is also the Official Airline Partner for Chelsea Football Club in the U.K.
"This new sponsorship forms part of our forward-facing vision, establishing the path to future goals. As I've mentioned in previous occasions, soccer is emotion, soccer is passion, soccer is unity, and because of this we are pleased to realize this union that goes beyond frontiers," said Decio de María, President — Federación Mexicana de Fútbol. "Delta and Aeromexico represents great airlines here in Mexico and in the United States, offering broadened first-class service to our various National Teams and members of the Federation."
Soccer United Marketing, Major League Soccer's commercial arm and partner of the Mexican National Team's U.S. Tour for more than a decade, facilitated the agreement.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 323 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
Aeroméxico, Mexico's global airline operates more than 600 daily flights and its main hub is in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its destinations network features more than 80 cities on three continents, including 44 destinations in Mexico, 19 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, four in Canada, four in Europe and three in Asia.
The Group's fleet of more than 130 aircraft is comprised of Boeing 787, 777 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 145, 170 and 190 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX B737 jet airliners and 10 B787-9 Dreamliners.
As a founding member of SkyTeam, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 177 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 672 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel on its codeshare partner flights with Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines and Westjet with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru. www.aeromexico.com/ www.skyteam.com/
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