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The Barça players, president Bartomeu and representatives of Qatar Airways

The players got a close look at the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 painted in the Barça colours

On Wednesday, the first team players, along with president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the vice president for Economic Strategy, Javier Faus, and the CEO Antoni Rossich, were at El Prat Airport to welcome the Boeing 777 that was designed to showcase the partnership between FC Barcelona and Qatar Airways. It was the first time that the plane had landed in the city of Barcelona.

The captain and his crew also got the chance to be pictured with the Barça squad. This Boeing 777 is currently flying to a series of destinations in the company’s worldwide network, including Bangkok, Singapore and Mumbai. 

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. 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..

Statements by the president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Mr Akbar Al Baker

Bartomeu: “This plane symbolises the value of the alliance between Barça and Qatar Airways”

“It was very exciting to see this immensely spectacular plane so close up, the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 carrying the colours and crest of FC Barcelona. This is the first time that our sponsor’s Boeing 777 has appeared in our city and we are here to welcome it. This plane symbolises the value of the alliance between Barça and Qatar Airways and our universal and global outlook, as reflected in the intercontinental journeys we go on. We are delighted to see how our colours are travelling around the world”.

Al Baker: “The Boeing 777 demonstrates how strongly we believe in this 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. 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”.

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