Manchester United announce five-year deal with Russian airline Aeroflot

The Moscow-based airline will be the Red Devils' official carrier and will provide the club with travel advice as a result of the agreement announced on Monday at Old Trafford
Manchester United have agreed a partnership with airline Aeroflot in a deal that marks the club's first commercial venture in Russia.

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The five-year contract was announced on Monday as the Premier League champions looks to expand further into a country where they claim to have close to 18 million fans.

Aeroflot will now become United's official carrier, providing them with strategic travel advice for the team and club officials.

"Manchester United and Aeroflot share several core values and we are pleased to be welcoming such a high quality company as a sponsor," said United group managing director Richard Arnold.

"Like the club, Aeroflot demonstrates team work, quality and a pride in its heritage, whilst still embracing new technologies and innovation.

"Aeroflot is celebrating its 90th birthday this year, but has already impressed us with its youthful energy. We look forward to developing a meaningful partnership with them and reaching our fans in innovative and rewarding ways."