easyJet to fly Jordanian Olympic Team

Posted: June 12, 2012 in Airlines, Europe, Middle East
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(easyJet Press Release) easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has today announced that  it will be the official carrier of the Jordanian Olympic and Paralympic teams at this summer’s Games in London.

easyJet will be the official carrier of the Jordanian Olympic and Paralympic teams at this summer's Games in London.  Photo: Wikipedia

easyJet will be the official carrier of the Jordanian Olympic and Paralympic teams at this summer’s Games in London. Photo: Wikipedia

The airline has committed to flying the entire Jordanian Olympic and Paralympic team along with key support team members to and from the Games this summer. The UK event is extra special for the Jordanians, who have nine athletes representing the Middle East country this year – the largest Jordanian delegation to feature in the history of the Games.

Under the Presidency of HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, who is also an IOC member, Jordan has made huge strides in sport with the National Olympic Committee’s vision for it to play a greater role in the lives of all Jordanians. The Kingdom has just secured a ninth member of its delegation, with the qualification of Heavyweight boxer Ihab Darweesh , meaning that this year the largest number qualified of sportsmen and women will represent the Middle East country in the history of the games.

The Jordanian team still have an opportunity for two more wrestlers to qualify along with the basketball team but already this landmark highlights the progress being made in Jordanian sport.

This summer, three taekwondo fighters, one equestrian, and two each for swimming and athletics will join boxer Darweesh in the delegation as Jordan searches for its first ever Olympic medal.

Of the nine, four of the delegation is female with taekwondo star Nadine Dwani and horse jumper Ibrahim Bisharat taking part in their third Olympics.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s Commercial Manager, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be able to play our part in helping this dedicated team of athletes move closer to achieving their dreams and representing their country at the summer Games.

“I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of everyone at easyJet, to wish them every success this summer.”

Lana Al Jaghbeer, Jordan Olympic Committee Secretary General, added: “We are delighted that easyJet has stepped forward to offer our athletes travel to and from the Games. In today’s financial climate sponsorship is crucial for our athletes and this contribution is very much appreciated by all.”

easyJet launched its London Gatwick route to the Jordanian capital of Amman in March 2011 and to date the airline has flown more than 55,000 passengers to and from the city of Amman.

Read the original easyJet press release here….


easyJet
11th June, 2012


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