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Etihad Airways scores official naming rights to Verizon Center VIP club

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) and Legacy Partner Etihad Airways, today announced the Abu Dhabi-based carrier has become the official naming rights partner for the new VIP club at Verizon Center. The newly named Etihad Airways Lounge will open on the event level at Verizon Center and will feature state-of-the-art visual technology, first-class menu offerings and a completely new game-day experience for VIP season-ticket members beginning Oct. 10 for the Capitals home opener.

“We’re thrilled to be able to have a global and prestigious partner in Etihad Airways when it comes to the naming of the new VIP club at Verizon Center,” said Jim Van Stone, chief revenue officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “Their international brand is known for world-class hospitality and service, and the Etihad Airways Lounge will offer our VIP season-ticket members an unprecedented game-day experience.”

The Etihad Airways Lounge at Verizon Center will showcase the airline’s unique personality, high style and world-renowned hospitality and service. At 10,000 square feet, the Etihad Airways Lounge is the largest hospitality space in the arena and will host Capitals and Wizards VIP season-ticket members. State-of-the-art technology featured will include large video walls and integration of the STRIVR Labs virtual reality technology. All Etihad Airways Lounge staff will sport Etihad-branded uniforms.

“Etihad Airways is proud to introduce the Etihad Airways Lounge at the Verizon Center, which extends our exclusive airline partnership with Monumental Sports & Entertainment and further reinforces our long-term commitment to the Washington, D.C., market,” said Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways. “We look forward to providing our Etihad Airways Lounge guests with a world-class relaxation, dining and entertainment experience – just as we do every day on board our daily nonstop flights between the capital cities of Washington, D.C., and Abu Dhabi.”

As the exclusive airline partner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, Etihad Airways receives a variety of branding opportunities, is featured in numerous multimedia programming and works collaboratively with MSE on several community initiatives to promote and celebrate the international nature of sport in Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi and throughout the world.

Etihad Airways currently offers service between Washington, D.C., and five additional U.S. cities, including Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and the airline’s home base of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The airline began service to Washington, D.C. in 2013.

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to or has announced plans to serve 111 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 118 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 aircraft on firm order, including 66 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and six Airbus A380s.

Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit:

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