Formula 1 Lands in Doha: Qatar Airways Showcases Livery

A Qatar Airways 777 aircraft in Formula 1 livery with F1 car.
Photo Credit: Qatar Airways

Ahead of this weekend Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix 2023, Qatar Airways has just showcased its custom F1® branded 777 aircraft and F1 show car at the Hamad International Airport, Doha.

As the Official Global Airline Partner of F1® and the Title Sponsor of this thrilling event, Qatar Airways is set to host the world’s most elite drivers at the state-of-the-art Lusail International Circuit from 6th to 8th October.

The Arrival of Formula 1® in Doha

Formula 1® has made its way to Doha, Qatar, and the excitement is palpable. This event represents a cross-over of cutting-edge technology and motorsport passion, and it’s set to leave an indelible mark in the hearts of motorsport fans worldwide.

In true Qatar Airways fashion, the airline has unveiled a spectacle ahead of the weekend. Their Boeing 777 aircraft has been transformed into a canvas of vibrant F1® livery, showcasing the perfect blend of aviation and motorsport. It’s a visual treat that embodies the essence of speed and excellence.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, expressed his excitement about this historic event: “The Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 has been something we have looked forward to since the announcement of our partnership with F1® early this year.”

“This momentous Grand Prix marks a thrilling addition to Qatar’s sporting legacy and embodies the excitement and excellence that Qatar Airways has consistently delivered to its passengers and partners traveling globally to sporting events.”


A Grand Celebration

To celebrate this unique partnership and the striking F1® decal livery, the carrier hosted a memorable photo opportunity at the Hamad International Airport hangar.

The event was graced by distinguished guests, including Minister of Sports and Youth, His Excellency Mr. Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali; F1® CEO and President Stefano Domenicali; and BWT Alpine F1 Team drivers, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, among others.

The Weekend Schedule

The Qatar Grand Prix 2023 promises an action-packed weekend that will keep fans on the edge of their seats. Here’s a quick overview of the schedule:

Friday, 6 October

  • 16:30 – 17:30: Practice 1
  • 20:00 – 21:00: Qualifying

Saturday, 7 October

  • 16:00 – 16:44: Spring Shootout
  • 20:30 – 21:30: Sprint

Sunday, 8 October

  • 20:00: Race

In the Skies

Doha-based Qatar Airways ensures that the excitement of F1® extends beyond the racetrack.

Passengers aboard Qatar Airways flights can savor a specially curated à la carte menu, including a delectable chocolate berry cake accompanied by a miniature milk chocolate F1® car model.

And the celebration doesn’t stop there.

The carrier’s renowned Oryx One inflight entertainment system offers passengers an exclusive take-off trailer, providing a glimpse of the thrilling race to come.

A Commitment to Global Sports

The airline has solidified its position as a global brand committed to supporting sports worldwide.

Beyond F1, the national carrier of the State of Qatar is the Official Airline of Concacaf, the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) Kite World Tour, Paris-Saint Germain (PSG), the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon Series, the United Rugby Championship (URC), and European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR).

Qatar Airways also supports multiple other disciplines, including Australian football, basketball, cricket, equestrian, motor racing, squash, and tennis.

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