Qatar Airways unveils brand new Formula 1 livery as part of new partnership

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777 painted in custom Formula 1 livery
Photo Credit: via Qatar Airways video
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Qatar Airways has unveiled a brand new special livery on one of its Boeing 777s this week, with this supporting the airline’s new partnership with Formula 1.

The aircraft sporting the livery is registration A7-BEL and was painted in Doha, with its last commercial flight wearing the standard Qatar Airways livery being on the 18th July 2023. This last sector was flight QR70 from Frankfurt to Doha.

The aircraft then spent the following 2 weeks on the ground, getting the livery applied, before making its first commercial flight in the new scheme as flight QR572 to Bengaluru on the 3rd August.

The livery in detail shows the main F1 logo on the rear section of the aircraft with an F1 driver then shown on the front section of the fuselage underneath the Qatar Airways titles.

Photo Credit: Jetphotos

Qatar Airways has paid close attention to detail, by using its signature colour pallet of red, purple and black to blend in perfectly with the rest of the livery.

The aircraft


A7-BEL, is one of Qatar’s youngest Boeing 777-300ER’s having an age of only 6 years.

The aircraft was ferried from Boeing’s Everett final assembly line to Doha on an overnight flight leaving on the 1st October 2017 and landing in Doha the following day on the 2nd.

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The aircraft has since not encountered a significant events, but was one of a handful of aircraft in the Qatar fleet to receive a FIFA World Cup sticker on the rear end of the aircraft from October 2022 to February 2023, whilst the FIFA World Cup was hosted in Qatar.

As for onboard features, “Echo Lima” is fitted in a 2 class configuration with 42 QSuite Business Class seats and 312 economy seats.

A new partnership


Qatar Airways and Formula 1 signed the deal for the airline to become the official airline partner for the motorsport back in February 2023.

Now the airline is showing off its deal to the world in full glory and glamour with this striking new livery that will fly all over Qatar’s expansive route network.

The partnership as the official airline partner for Formula 1 will last until the end of the 2027 season as well as the partnership seeing 3 Grand Prix’s this year too.

Not to be confused with Etihad Airways who has long promoted Formula 1 through its striking liveries on its now retired Airbus A340-600 and now currently flying Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, these liveries have promoted the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, so if you are a spotter, don’t expect this striking livery to be leaving the skies any time soon.

As for Qatar Airways and Formula 1 the world’s best airline and the motorsport organisation look forward to a bright future ahead as this new partnership truly takes flight.

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