Qatar Airways operates special livery aircraft to Chennai

Qatar Airways in Special FIFA World Cup 2022 livery

Qatar Airways recently operated its special livery aircraft to Chennai, not once but twice at the time of writing. Qatar is set to host the FIFA football world cup which is to be held in the country in 2022. To mark two years until the World Cup, Qatar Airways unveiled a special painted aircraft which made its first flight in the new livery as latest as 21st November 2020 to Zurich. The airline operated the flight as QR095 and QR096 between Doha and Zurich.

Qatar Airways in special FIFA World Cup 2022 livery
Seen here is Qatar Airways B777-300ER registered as A7-BEB in special colours at Doha Hamad International Airport. Photo: Qatar Airways

The airline chose Zurich as its first destination as it is home to FIFA. The aircraft painted in the special colours is a Boeing B777-300ER aircraft which is registered as A7-BEB. The aircraft is a passenger aircraft which is now being used for cargo operations as well as passenger operations. The airline operated to Chennai as its 3rd destination after operating flights to Zurich and Guangzhou in the new livery and once again operated to Chennai a week later.

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When did Qatar Airways operate their special livery aircraft to Chennai ?

Qatar Airways has operated this aircraft twice to Chennai. The first time the airline operated to Chennai was on the 23rd of November 2020, which was 2 days after its inaugural flight to Zurich. The airline then once again operated to Chennai a week later on the 30th of November. Both the flights which were operated by Qatar Airways were cargo only flight between Doha and Chennai.

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Why is this livery special ?

The airline has painted one of their aircraft in FIFA World Cup 2022 livery. This livery is special because Qatar is set to host the world cup at their own backyard. To commemorate 2 years until the world cup the aircraft made its inaugural flight in this special colour on 21st November 2020. These distinctive colours on the aircraft are painted in maroon and white.

Qatar Airways in FIFA World Cup 2022 livery
Qatar Airways newly painted aircraft in FIFA World Cup 2022 livery with an aircraft painted in regular colours departing Doha. Photo: Qatar Airways

This aircraft was hand painted in Ireland. Qatar Airways has also painted another of its aircraft to represent FIFA World Cup 2022. The aircraft carrying this livery is a B777-300ER aircraft registered as A7-BAX.

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Qatar Airways FIFA World Cup special livery to Chennai flight details

Qatar Airways has operated twice to Chennai using this aircraft painted in special livery. This B777-300ER is a 6.4 year old aircraft which was delivered to the airline on July 2014. The aircraft is registered as A7-BEB. This aircraft operated cargo only flight on both the occasions.

The aircraft operated as QR8358 on the inbound flight from Doha to Chennai which departs Doha at 00:00 and arrives at 07:10 local time. It would operate as QR8359 on the outbound flight from Chennai to Doha, departing Chennai at 08:40 and arrive at 10:55 local time. The airline operated the same schedule on both the occasion it operated this aircraft to Chennai.

Qatar Airways in Special FIFA World Cup 2022 livery
Qatar Airways B777-300ER departing Chennai and seen here around 3500 feet. Photo: Aerowanderer
Qatar Airways in Special FIFA World Cup 2022 livery
Continuing the departure sequence, seen here is Qatar Airways B777-300ER climbing out of Chennai to Doha. Photo: Aerowanderer
Qatar Airways in Special FIFA World Cup 2022 livery
Qatar Airways B777-300ER in special colours banking left out of Chennai at around 4000 feet heading to Doha. Photo: Aerowanderer
Qatar Airways in Special FIFA World Cup 2022 livery
Last picture of the departure sequence with Qatar Airways B777-300ER in special colours disappearing into the clouds at around 4300 feet. Photo: Aerowanderer

Seen above are exclusive pictures of Qatar Airways B777-300ER in special FIFA World Cup 2022 colours departing Chennai airport heading to Doha on November 30th 2020. These pictures are the sequence of the aircraft departing Chennai and climbing at around 3500 feet in the first picture to 4300 feet in the last picture as it is seen disappearing into the clouds.

With Qatar Airways operating cargo only passenger flight daily and around 14+ times weekly in addition to Qatar Airways Cargo, one would definitely hope to see this aircraft operate to Chennai on more occasions.

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