Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) has unveiled a special livery with a message in support of diversity for the aircraft that will take the German national team to training ahead of the World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar.
The German flag carrier traditionally unveils a “Fanhansa” livery for major soccer tournaments, with the special livery having previously adorned a Boeing 747 “Queen of the Skies”.
For the 2022 World Cup, players, coaches and support staff will be carried aboard an Airbus A330 to their training camp in Muscat, Oman, on November 14. The flight is a regular scheduled service, namely LH 632 from Munich (MUC) to Dubai (DXB) via Muscat (MCT).
“Fanhansa” replaces the word Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) on the aircraft’s fuselage special livery as before, but this time, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) has added “Diversity Wins” to the aircraft, with an illustration of people standing together.
The A330 Fanhansa livery. Credit: Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA)
In a press release on November 13, 2022, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) said the special livery, designed by illustrator Peter Phobia and applied to its A330 registered D-AIKQ, sends “a clear message to the world”.
“Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) is a byword for openness, tolerance, diversity and bringing people together,” the airline declared. “The company enables its customers from all nations and cultures to connect, and welcomes everyone aboard, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, nationality, identity or sexual orientation.”
Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) fliegt als offizielle Airline die deutsche Männer-Nationalmannschaft am 14. November ins Trainingslager nach Maskat (Oman). Der Airbus A330 D-AIKQ trägt eine besondere Botschaft in die Welt: #DiversityWins Mehr Infos https://t.co/I1a77oBgJz pic.twitter.com/eioy3Iv9kG— Lufthansa News (@lufthansaNews) November 13, 2022
The fact that the soccer tournament is being hosted in Qatar has raised concerns over discrimination and human rights in the country. The Gulf state has come under fire for a ban on same-sex relationships, which are considered illegal under the country’s strict Muslim laws.