KLM becomes airline sponsor of the Austin Football Club
Today Austin FC announced that KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) is now an official partner of the club. Austin FC is Austin Football Club (or soccer for American readers) and recently joined MLS (Major League Soccer), the top division of professional soccer in the United States.
Austin FC and KLM are now partners
KLM, the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands, is the first official airline partner of the Austin FC football club.
Speaking about the club’s new partnership with the Dutch airline, club chairman Any Loughnane said:
“KLM is one of the best known and most respected airlines in the world, and with its recent expansion into Austin, now is the perfect time for a partnership between our two organizations. We look forward to working together to help achieve our football goals as KLM supports Austin FC fans as they travel around the world.
KLM recently launched a service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Austin FC plans to take advantage of this new route this summer by sending its Austin FC Academy players to Europe for off-season competitions.
“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Austin FC. As Official Airline Partner, KLM looks forward to providing Austin FC with the opportunity to benefit from our unrivaled transatlantic connectivity and seamless travel to Amsterdam and beyond. Austin FC will easily be able to travel to all of their European matches aboard KLM’s exemplary fleet.” – Eric Caron, SVP and General Manager, Air France KLM North America
KLM recently celebrated 100 years of activity. Photo: Lukas Souza | single flight
Austin FC became the 27th club in MLS upon joining in January 2019. The Texas Soccer Club began competing in MLS in 2021 and played their first home game on June 19. The club’s newest stadium is called Q2 Stadium and costs $260. million state-of-the-art installations.
KLM will serve Austin year-round
In March of this year, KLM established its presence in the growing city of Austin, Texas, by adding nonstop service from Amsterdam. Austin is the airline’s twelfth destination in the United States, and no other airline competes in the market for this pairing.
When the line was launched, KLM served Austin three times a week. The AMS-AUS route was operated on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Due to high demand, KLM announced today that it will operate the route year-round. When the route was first announced in 2019, KLM planned to serve the route on its Airbus A330-300, but it is now served on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) is the national airline of the Netherlands. Photo: Lukas Souza | single flight
The road was launched to connect Austin’s booming tech industry and thriving culture to Amsterdam, another tech industry hub. There is a growing demand from Austin Americans wishing to travel to Europe and Europeans to explore Austin.
KLM, founded in 1919, is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. With the growing demand for air transport, KLM will operate flights to 167 destinations worldwide, offering direct flights to major tourist and economic cities. Of the 167 destinations, 96 are European and 71 intercontinental.
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