Barcelona: Clear skies provided the perfect backdrop at El Prat Airport as FC Barcelona welcomed the Qatar Airways (QA) Boeing 777, featuring their club’s livery, as it touched down in Barcelona for the first time on Wednesday.
The First Team players, with FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu, Vice-President, Economic and Strategic Area, Javier Faus, and CEO Antoni Rossich posed for pictures in front of the Boeing 777, designed to showcase the partnership between both organisations which officially commenced in July 2013.
The aircraft, which features a stunning design incorporating the colourful Barça flag and club emblem draped across the tail-end of the Boeing, includes the tagline, ‘A team that unites the world’, first introduced in the popular TV spot created to support the partnership.
FC Barcelona players also pose with QA captains and crew in front of the Boeing.
“We are thrilled to see our Boeing 777 with the custom-designed FCB livery touch down in Barcelona, the home of our partners FC Barcelona,” said QA CEO Akbar Al Baker.
“The arrival of the aircraft for the first time to this beautiful city was made all the more special by the attendance of the players, Bartomeu, Faus and Rossich. This beautiful aircraft representing our airline and our friends at FC Barcelona further demonstrates how strongly and genuinely we believe in this partnership. We wish the team all the very best of luck in their final game on Saturday and look forward to continuing our successful relationship with FC Barcelona.”
Bartomeu said: “It is thrilling to see this amazing aircraft with FC Barcelona colours and badge, up close. It’s the first time that our partners Boeing 777 with FCB livery lands in our city and we are delighted to welcome it. This plane symbolises the alliance between FCB and QA, as well as our universal and global approach to bringing our colours to the skies while operating international flights.”
The livery, with QA’s Oryx logo, was crafted in Dublin, Ireland, where a team hand-painted the design with a shading effect to create the illusion of the Barça flag moving as the aircraft takes to the skies. The vivid scarlet and blue colours painted on the fuselage of the aircraft stood out clearly in the bright sunshine as the players lined up in front of the aircraft in their kit.
QA captains and crew flying back to Doha on the departing flight also had the opportunity to stand side-by-side with the players, highlighting the strong partnership.
Since the partnership took effect, QA has launched a successful partnership campaign, including the Land of FCB TV commercial that has garnered more than eight million views from fans all over the world; officially sponsored the FC Barcelona Asia Tour, and introduced unique tour and match packages for fans looking to visit Barcelona through QA Holidays division. The Boeing featuring the livery flies to many destinations throughout QA’s global network, including Bangkok, Singapore and Mumbai.
QA has seen rapid growth in 17 years of operation, and today operates a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 139 key business and leisure destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South Americas.
The network will grow further with new routes to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28), Miami, the US (June 10), Haneda, Japan (June 18), Dallas/Fort Worth, the US (July 1) and Djibouti (July 27.