To celebrate EURO 2016 this summer, Turkish Airlines has painted an A330-300 passenger aircraft specifically for the football tournament. The plane made its maiden flight to Paris, where will host the EURO 2016 Final on July 10.
The livery was created by UEFA and Turkish Airlines as part of airlines’ partnership with the competition and role as Official Airline Partner to Euro 2016. The sponsorship will also see the airline announcing a series of ticket giveaway competitions; unique EURO 2016 airport experiences for passengers; and a series of fan zones throughout the host French cities once matches get underway in June.
As Europe’s best airline for fifth consecutive time*, Turkish Airlines takes an active interest in the continent’s sporting competitions and cultural events. Football’s global appeal, and its unifying force, is reflective of the position as the carrier that flies to more countries than any other airline.
Ahmet Olmuştur, Turkish Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) said: “Football is a great connector of people, breaking down social and cultural barriers and uniting people around a mutual passion for the game. We are privileged to be able to connect people from across the globe every day, and are delighted to be part of this year’s EUROS. This plane is one of the many things we will be doing to excite fans and our passengers in the lead up to this competition.”
Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director, UEFA Events SA, said: “We are very excited to see our first-ever airline partner’s plans truly taking off. It will be fantastic to see the plane travelling across Europe, and bringing fans together to celebrate the best in European football, as we approach the kick-off of UEFA EURO 2016 on 10th June.”
The plane wrapped in the EURO 2016 colours will fly to a selected number of destinations across the Turkish Airlines' network. The airline currently flies to more than 280 destinations. Fans of the plane and the competition can engage on social media with the hashtag; #eurointhesky.