Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 14:07 | SYDNEY
Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 14:07 | SYDNEY

Qatar makes its entrance, on a wing


Rodger Shanahan


20 January 2010 14:20

Six months ago Sam wrote a post about Qatar's decision to purchase two C-17 cargo aircraft and how they would provide a good national advertisement in times of humanitarian crisis. 

The Haiti earthquake has provided the Qatari Government with its first opportunity to dispatch aid in the very recognisable livery of a Qatar Airways C-17. 

In the world of diplomatic self-promotion, being small but rich means you don't have to be invisible. And with wealthy Gulf states seeing the provision of humanitarian aid as a way of projecting soft power, expect to see more photos of Gulf C-17s during future humanitarian crises.