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Barcelona, SPAIN – Clear skies provided the perfect backdrop at El Prat Airport as FC Barcelona welcomed the Qatar Airways Boeing 777, featuring their club’s livery, as it touched down in Barcelona for the first time on Wednesday.

The First Team players, along with FC Barcelona President, Mr. Josep Maria Bartomeu, Vice President Economic and Strategic Area, Mr. Javier Faus, and the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Antoni Rossich, happily posed for pictures in front of the Boeing 777 which has been designed to showcase the partnership between the two 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 777, also features the tagline, ‘a team that unites the world’, which was first introduced in the popular TV spot created to support the partnership.

“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 Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Mr. 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, Mr. Bartomeu, Mr. Faus and Mr. Rossich. This beautiful aircraft representing both 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 for their final game on Saturday and look forward to continuing our successful relationship with FC Barcelona.”

Mr. Bartomeu added: “It is thrilling to see this amazing aircraft, the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 with the FC Barcelona colours and badge, up close. It’s the first time that our partner’s Boeing 777 with the FCB livery lands in our city and we are delighted to welcome it. This plane symbolises the aliance between FCB and Qatar Airways, as well as our universal and global approach to bringing our colours to the skies while operating international flights around the world.”

The FC Barcelona livery, alongside the Qatar Airways 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 colors 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 famous kit. Qatar Airways Captains and crew flying back to Doha on the departing flight also had the opportunity to stand side-by-side with the players further highlighting the strong partnership between the two organisations.

In the nine months since the partnership took effect, Qatar Airways has launched a hugely 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 Qatar Airways Holidays division.

The Boeing 777 featuring the livery currently flies to a number of destinations throughout the airline’s global network, including Bangkok, Singapore and Mumbai.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it operates a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 139 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new routes to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami, USA (June 10, 2014), Haneda, Japan (June 18, 2014), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).

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Notes to Editors:

Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar. Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 134 aircraft flying to 139 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France, last June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft – a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters. In total the airline has 300 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion. The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport, in 2014. For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

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For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com

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