United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways is furthering its outreach to the Fashion community through a rewards program, “Runway to Runway” developed alongside IMG, featuring perks such as discounted cargo rates and group travel rates, ideal for sending an entire team on location for a photo shoot.
In 2016, Etihad began positioning itself as the airline choice for Fashion, making this membership option a way to enhance its appeal for those in the industry.
Etihad linked with IMG in April and today supports 17 of its fashion events per year, including Fashion Weeks in New York, London and Milan.
As part of its work with fashion, Etihad collaborated with British footwear label Jimmy Choo.
To celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary, the official airline of New York Fashion Week co-hosted a Jimmy Choo-themed VIP lounge at runway show venue Skylight at Moynihan Station and decked out a livery with Jimmy Choo and NYFW branding.
As Etihad boosts its service to New York, having a presence among the affluent, stylish community at fashion week will help it raise awareness among the stylish set.
Etihad’s tiered loyalty program is open to all fashion enthusiasts: The top level, Gold, is accessible only by invitation. Etihad will be giving individuals such as designers, fashion editors, models, photographers, stylists, bloggers and executives the chance to join the Loyalty Program.
“Etihad Airways’ commitment to fashion has taken another step forward with the launch of Runway to Runway, a travel program delivering practical benefits to our friends in fashion,” said Patrick Pierce, vice president of sponsorships, Etihad Airways.
“Last year, Etihad Airways became the first global airline to align with and support fashion professionals,” he continued. “Very few industries travel as much as the fashion industry does, spending tens of millions annually. Etihad Airways is an ideal brand fit for this jet-set industry that is ambitious, innovative and remarkable – all characteristics exemplified by Etihad’s world-renowned service and hospitality offering.”.