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FIU Athletics, Eastern Air Lines Agree to Million-Dollar Partnership


The FIU Athletic Department announced  a three-year, million-dollar partnership with Eastern Air Lines making the Miami-based company the Official Airline for the FIU football team.

The partnership will feature elements of a donation, sponsorship and cost savings over the next three years that will result in over $1 million to the Athletic Department’s bottom line.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Eastern Air Lines,” FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia said. ”Eastern is an iconic brand. We want to thank Ed Wegel for his support of our program and we look forward to working with Eastern Air Lines over the next three years and hopefully beyond.”

“Eastern Air Lines is absolutely thrilled and honored to be the Official Airline for the FIU football team,” Eastern’s President and CEO Edward Wegel said. “This partnership, under which Eastern will fly FIU’s football team for the next three years helps further our corporate strategy of working closely with world class institutions such as Florida International University, one of the largest universities in the United States. FIU over the last 25 years has trained and educated many Eastern employees and family members, so this is especially meaningful for all of us at Eastern to be supporting FIU Athletics.”

This fall, the Panthers will utilize the airline carrier for all five of its road contests, spanning five different states, covering nearly 12,000 miles

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