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    Owner Bert Lina thanks fans for support of Air21, shifts focus to top cycling race

    Jul 8, 2014
    Air21 owner Bert Lina is staying in sports with his support of Le Tour de Pilipinas. 

    FOLLOWING the sale of its PBA franchise, Air21 said it will stay in sports through its support of the Philippines’ only international cycling race.

    In a statement, Air21 chairman and president Bert LIna thanked the team’s fans for their support since the company joined the PBA in 2002.

    Lina also encouraged everyone to support the company’s other endeavor in sports in the Le Tour De Filipinas, the country’s only cycling event sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale.

    “My heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the members of the press, fans, and family who have supported Air21 in the last 12 years of participation in the PBA. Hoping everyone will support Le Tour De Filipinas 2015,” said Lina.

    Air21 recently sold its PBA franchise to Metro Pacific Investments Corporation through the NLEX Road Warriors, who were coming off a stint in the PBA D-League where they won six championships.

    Airfreight 2100 actually started in the PBA in 2002 with the FedEx Express, a team that eventually became Barako Bull in 2010 after the Lina Group of Companies bought a stake in the energy drink brand.

    The Air21 name returned in 2012 replacing Shopinas.com, a brand also under the Lina Group of Companies, before selling the franchise to the Manny V. Pangilinan-owned holding company.

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    Air21 owner Bert Lina is staying in sports with his support of Le Tour de Pilipinas. 
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