The "Airline of Firsts," Corendon Airlines, connecting Europe to Turkey and the most preferred holiday destinations, continues to make a name for itself through its support for sports and athletes. Corendon Airlines, which offers direct flights from Europe to the Greek Islands, is further enhancing its support for sports through a partnership with Panathinaikos BC, one of Europe's leading basketball teams with a history of winning trophies.

Panathinaikos BC, which has flown hundreds of athletes to medals and championships, will be flying with Corendon Airlines to the FC Barcelona match scheduled for November 3rd at 20:30. This historic collaboration, starting with the Barcelona away game, will continue to various destinations across Europe throughout the 2023-2024 basketball season.

Exchange of gifts between the Panathinaikos BC team captain and Corendon Airlines captain pilot

As a memory of the first flight made in scope of the agreement that brings basketball and the aviation industry together, a gift ceremony was held between the "captains" of both sides. Panathinaikos BC team captain presented a jersey to the Corendon Airlines captain pilot, who, in return, gave a Corendon Airlines model aircraft as a gift.

Photo session in front of the plane at Barcelona Airport

Following the partnership between two leading brands in their respective sectors in Europe, the agreement was immortalized with a photo session conducted by Panathinaikos BC during the firs trip to Barcelona.

Corendon Airlines family continues to grow

Commenting on the agreement, Yıldıray Karaer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Corendon Airlines, said, "We are very proud to work with a prestigious club like Panathinaikos BC and to serve the world of sports. This journey, starting with the Barcelona trip, will leave a significant and lasting mark in the world of sports and travel. Since the day we were founded, Corendon Airlines has stood by many athletes and sports clubs. We have flown with them to new victories. Now it's time for Panathinaikos BC, which has etched its name in basketball history with the trophies it has won. As you may know, there is also a familiar name in Panathinaikos BC. Head coach Ergin Ataman played an important role in making this agreement happen. Once again, I would like to thank everyone involved in making this agreement a reality. I wish the best of luck to both parties."

Mr. Serafeim Voulgaris, Director of Revenue & Strategic Partnerships of Panathinaikos BC stated: EuroLeague is one of the world's greatest league competitions and we are delighted to have Corendon Airlines on board as a sponsor. We both share the same values of partnership and a global reach, connecting fans across continents. We are further delighted that our partnership with Corendon Airlines as our Club’s official flying partner initiates while Mr. Ataman is the head coach of our team.  

Our sponsorship with Corendon Airlines grew out of our mutual passion for sharing and offering destination sport experiences and travelling “treasures” with the international travel community. Together, we are determined to find creative solutions that engage our fan base in an unprecedented level of experience by flying with Corendon and further landing “on the court” with Panathinaikos Team. With no shortage of narratives, Corendon Airlines and Panathinaikos Basketball Club have the right resources and marketing innovation to elevate the position of a sports travel experience in the worldwide travel sector.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all Corendon team, management and stakeholders for their unwavering commitment and engagement to PAO BC.

We are thrilled to fly with Corendon as we both share similar passions, and truly believe that the sky is the limit when it comes to our partnership."

Corendon Airlines

Corendon Airlines, established in 2005, is a part of Corendon Tourism Group. Founded in 2004 as a tour operator in the Netherlands, Corendon has grown into a tourism group by adding airlines with 3 different registrations (Turkiye, the Netherlands and Malta), incoming agency and 7 hotels in the Netherlands, Turkiye and the Caribbean. Corendon Airlines, with its European subsidiaries; Corendon Dutch Airlines, established in the Netherlands in 2011, and Corendon Airlines Europe, established in 2017 in Malta, has become an international airline providing direct flights to 165 airports in 65 countries. With the motto "Your Holiday Airline", Corendon Airlines organises flights from Europe to popular holiday destinations such as Turkiye, Greece, Spain and Egypt, as well as direct flights from different cities in Turkiye to Europe. Corendon flies to Heraklion (Crete), Kos, Rhodes and Corfu from Germany, Austria, Switzerland. In 2023, Corendon Airlines, which continues its operations with 37 Boeing 737 model aircraft in its fleet, has become an important airline both in Turkiye and in Europe with carrying 6 million passengers per year.