LONDON – The first Airbus A350-1000 has landed in the US. Qatar Airways brought its newest plane to Philadelphia carrying the FC Bayern Munich soccer team for its 2018 Audi Summer tour.
The largest version of the A350, registered A7-ANA, was flown to Philadelphia as part of the airline’s sponsorship over Germany’s most famous soccer team.
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The sponsorship deal will have the Qatar Airways logo on the Bayern Munich jerseys.
“The arrival of our state-of-the-art A350-1000 in the U.S. for the first time is truly a monumental moment in our industry, and we are thrilled to bring the eminent FC Bayern München team to the U.S. for their 2018 U.S. tour,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.
The airline’s CEO eloquently added that “FC Bayern München is a team that celebrates ambition, initiative and the desire to exceed expectations – core values that Qatar Airways shares, clearly demonstrated through our acquisition of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, the A350-1000.”
Similarly, the soccer team’s CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, admitted being very pleased to team up in a long-term partnership with Qatar Airways.
“Our new partner sets the highest standards in the airline industry. As a club, we have very close ties to our Bavarian culture and traditions of our hometown, the city of Munich.”
Qatar Airways has been the most active airline of late, inking deals with three major professional football clubs within the last several months.
After losing their FC Barcelona sponsorship nearly two years ago, Qatar has signed on as the upcoming shirt-sleeve sponsor for FC Bayern Munich.
The airline also recently made a big splash by becoming the shirt sponsor for AS Roma of Italy worth an estimated (€40M) annually for the next three years, securing the largest partnership the club has ever had.
Currently, both FC Bayern Munich and AS Roma are in the United States participating in the two pre-season tournaments.
The airline will also be taking its Airbus A350-1000 to Miami on July 29 on a regular commercial service. Currently, this route is operated daily with the smaller variant, the A350-900.
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Qatar Airways’ A350-1000 offers a total of 327 seats, with 46 seats in the all-new QSuite Business Class, and 281 seats in Economy.