Friday, 04 June 2021

Bloemfontein: On the 07th Sept 2019, Free State rugby supporters were treated with one of the  most memorable Currie Cup finals, not only was the Free State Cheetahs crowned as the 2019 Currie Cup Champions but with a spectacular fly past by Airlink during the singing of the national anthems.

This historical day for FSCU, marked the beginning of a 3-year deal as official associate sponsor for the Knights Professional Cricket Team.

On that same day of the 07th September 2019, one of our cricket members wrote an email as a proud rugby supporter to the CEO of Airlink:

“My girlfriend and I had the fortune and honour to attend the Currie Cup Final at the Toyota Stadium yesterday. As if the occasion wasn’t enough to lift the spirits and morale of us Bloemfonteiners, the fly-past by your airline made it an event to remember!! Pride washed over us with goosebumps only settling close to the end of the first half!!! Thank you so much for the costs and efforts that went into making it an unforgettable day!”

The immediate feedback received from the CEO and MD of Airlink Rodger Foster was remarkable:

“Thank you for your email, we appreciate your feedback. We were delighted and honoured to have been approached by the Free State Rugby Union and requested to do the flypast. We didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation as the occasion provided Airlink with the opportunity to demonstrate our absolute commitment to the City of Bloemfontein and its community,”

“Airlink is focused on providing safe reliable and punctual air services and we were able to prove this in actuality by flying over the stadium at exactly 16h59 and absolutely on cue as required by the organisers,”

“Airlink is proud to be able to provide services to the Bloemfontein community and we are extremely grateful for the support we get from our customers. As a privately owned airline, Airlink is proud to offer over 60,000 flights annually within a network of over 55 destinations throughout he SADC region and St Helena.” read the reply.

CEO of FSCU Johan van Heerden also captures that by saying that who will ever forget the Currie Cup final where Captain Jaco Henning and Captain Dewald Potgieter flew over the rugby stadium on a approved low level fly past that the voice recording in the cockpit kept reminding the captain to pull-up pull-up pull-up and this brought the whole stadium to its feet and connected the Free State people with Airlink for life.

“We are so proud to have  Airlink as our airline partner and cannot wait for the day when the Knights play in the final in Bloemfontein. Watch the sky!” said Van Heerden.

“Free state cricket is proud and thankful to be associated with Airlink as a partner. As you all know FSCU is passionate about cricket the game that we all love and I know Airlink’s values and principles aligns with that of our cricket family. We are extremely excited to work with Airlink to build a brand that will reach the Freedom of the African Sky.” President of FSCU Xander Snyders also commented

Airlink’s CEO and Managing Director Rodger Foster emphasized that the partnership is an important endorsement of our absolute commitment to the Free State community.

“The word “passionate” is often flaunted, and as passionate as FSCU is about cricket, so too Airlink is passionate about our customers and service excellence. Airlink is thrilled to be working with the FSCU, and we encourage the Knights to focus on delivering the final in Bloemfontein.” concluded Foster.