The aircraft was delivered to Etihad, the national airline of the UAE, in Abu Dhabi on 18 October, ahead of its inaugural journey to Manchester Airport earlier this week.
The new Manchester City-themed livery is the first since 2011, when Etihad Airways unveiled the “Blue Moon Rising” A330-200 in celebration of its second daily service to Manchester.
As well as receiving City branded merchandise on arrival, the flight and its passengers were met by Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer for Manchester City, Leroy Sane, City legend Joleon Lescott, Karen Bardsley and mascots for a welcome ceremony to mark the historic occasion.
“Manchester City’s partnership with Etihad Airways continues to go from strength to strength and this new livery is yet another example of how Etihad are celebrating the achievements of the Club with fans around the world,” said Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City.
This is an exciting milestone in our partnership, and we can’t wait to see the City crest and colours take to the skies!”
Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, added: “As we celebrate a decade of this successful partnership, we are proud to see the Manchester City colours grace our runways and skies, as the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner takes flight.
“This livery pays tribute to the Club’s incredible accomplishments on and off the pitch.
“Manchester is a very important destination in the Etihad network serving both business and leisure travellers.
“We are proud to showcase the city, and our partnership with the club through this uniquely branded aircraft. It is only fitting that its first commercial flight is to Manchester.”
In the coming months, the specially painted City Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will also be scheduled to fly in and out of destinations including Manchester, Jordan, Spain, Indonesia and China.
Furthermore, both City and Manchester Airport have launched a joint social media competition encouraging fans to post photos of the aircraft on their Instagram or Facebook pages with the hashtag #EtihadMCFC787.
Participants stand a chance of winning flights to Abu Dhabi or tickets to watch the derby match at Manchester City.