An iconic New York skyscraper lit up in burgundy and white this week to mark Qatar Airways’ 10th anniversary of flying to the US.
In a statement, the national carrier said the Empire State Building display is part of a series of celebrations to mark the anniversary, including upcoming offers for travelers.
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) June 27, 2017
CEO Akbar Al Baker said:
“We were honored to display our colors on one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world, and the headquarters of our US and Americas Regional offices, the Empire State Building. We believe this is a true testament to our positive presence and fantastic support in the United States.”
Qatar Airways currently flies to 10 US cities and is planning to launch Las Vegas and San Francisco services soon.
The show of Qatari pride comes amid a Gulf dispute that US officials, among others, have been trying to mediate.
Many on social media, including members of Qatar’s ruling family, thanked the Empire State building for what they saw as a show of solidarity during difficult times.
— Al Mayassa Al Thani (@almayassahamad) June 28, 2017
This Burgundy color reflects our passion to achieve more and more .. Qatar deserves the best .. we are so thankful to Empire State 🇶🇦🇶🇦👏🏻👌🏻
— YOLO🔥 (@YoloLama7) June 28, 2017
This kind appreciation is highly considered from us 🇶🇦🇺🇸
— حمد القحطانيHAMAD 🇶🇦 (@hamdanqtr55500) June 28, 2017
But it remains unclear if the display had to do with support of Qatar or if it was a promotional effort by Qatar Airways.
The airline is owned by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which last year bought an almost 10 percent stake in the company that owns the Empire State Building.