Passenger Portraits: The New Turkish Airlines Ad Campaign

You might have seen the colorful, semi abstract images of such sports figures as Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Rio Ferdinand, Nani and Ryan Giggs that were created by the renowned artist, Craig Redman. They were part of Turkish Airlines’ 2012 'Passenger Portraits' campaign. Each of the athletes depicted in the artist’s work have colored and signed their own portraits. These players signed, unique versions were auctioned to raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.

I remember when I first saw Craig Redman’s portraits of some of the Manchester United team members. It was April of 2012 and I was in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England doing some consulting work for a client of the progressive software company I work for. My background is in Magento development and customization and this British firm needed help with its e-commerce websites. They want us to develop a strategy for choosing and executing the right Magento development services and themes. Because Magento has tons of custom extensions and modules to choose from, the platform can be overwhelming. I was there with several other members of my team to help get their custom Magento website functioning smoothly and securely. We were invited by their tech team to a Manchester United Club home game match against Aston Villa. The game was memorable for two reasons. Firstly, I had never been to a British football game and was really excited by the opportunity. It lived up to and beyond my expectations. Secondly, I was able to see Redman’s 'Passenger Portraits.' I still have the souvenir postcards of each of the player images that were sold at the stadium that day.

This website was originally created in conjunction with the Turkish Airlines’ 'Passenger Portraits' campaign that ran at least between 2010-2012. At sometime the domain expired, perhaps when the campaign was over. However when I discovered that the domain had become available, I bought it with the intent of restoring as much of its original content as possible from its 2010-2012 archived pages. I loved the campaign and wanted this content to remain visible on the web. , I have attempted to bring back the spirit of the original Passenger Portraits website. Please be indulgent, if it is not exactly as you remember it.

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The Turkish Airlines Ad Campaigns

The new Turkish Airlines ad campaign (covering the sponsorships with Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Kobe Bryant and Caroline Wozniacki) titled "Passenger Portraits" is a series of portraits created by New York based artist Craig Redman. In collaboration with Turkish Airlines, Redman has created a total of 12 portraits: five Manchester United players; Rooney, Chicharito, Ferdinand, Nani and Giggs; five FC Barcelona players; Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Pique and Puyol; and the two top athletes; Kobe Bryant and Caroline Wozniacki. Redman has also created designs for a special globe, world map and airplane. 

Turkish Airlines and Craig Redman produced special edition versions of these portraits with the five FC Barcelona players, where the players were asked to color in their own portraits.
Take a look at the results when Craig Redman's art meets Turkish Airlines meets Manchester United.

 

 

The portraits of the FC Barcelona players will be exhibited in Barcelona and the Manchester United player portraits will be exhibited in Manchester. The 15 portraits that Craig Redman has created for Turkish Airlines will travel the world for an international touring of the prints and will be shown in notable airports around the world, including: Istanbul, Barcelona, Manchester, London, New York, Cape Town, Bangkok, Dubai, Australia, Tokyo, China and many more...

Special edition portraits were also made of the five FC Barcelona players and the five Manchester United players, where the players themselves were asked to color in their own portraits. These special edition portraits will be auctioned. All the proceeds raised from the FC Barcelona portraits will go to the FC Barcelona Foundation, and all the proceeds raised from the Manchester United portraits will go to the Manchester United Foundation.

CAROLINE  WOZNIACKI

How does the world's number 1 in women's tennis treat herself between games and continents. Caroline Wozniacki is one of the brand ambassadors for Turkish Airlines.

TURKISH AIRLINES IS AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER CAROLINE WOZNIACKI.
CAROLINE LIKES OUR GLOBALLY AWARDED FLYING CHEF AND HIS CUISINE.

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KOBE BRYANT

1 Mar, 2011
The latest commercial of the Turkish Airlines - Globally Yours campaign
Kobe Bryant, the world's best basketball player in a duel against the famous flying chef of Turkish Airlines.

TURKISH AIRLINES IS AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF PROFESSIONAL NBA PLAYER KOBE BRYANT.
KOBE LIKES TO RELAX ON OUR FLAT-BED SEATS.

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If you put a football team or a basketball player on a plane, no matter how great the food is, how comfortable the seats are, they will play with the ball, if they find one.

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CARLES PUYOL

TURKISH AIRLINES IS A PREMIUM PARTNER OF F.C. BARCELONA. 
PUYOL LIKES TO SURF THE WEB ON OUR ON-BOARD INTERNET NETWORK. 

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GERARD PIQUÉ

TURKISH AIRLINES IS A PREMIUM PARTNER OF F.C. BARCELONA. PIQUÉ LIKES TO RELAX ON OUR FLAT-BED SEATS. 

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LIONEL MESSI

TURKISH AIRLINES IS A PREMIUM PARTNER OF F.C. BARCELONA. 
MESSI LIKES TO PLAY ALL THE VIDEO GAMES HE LOVES ON OUR IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM.

Imagine yourself as a young boy. You're on a plane walking up and down the isle. Who would like to run into: the world's best football player or the world's best basketball player? How about both? And to see the two of them racing against each other for your attention! A dream-come-true.
But being a young boy, you would easily be distracted by a cup of delicious ice cream. Compliments of Turkish Airlines.

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RYAN GIGGS

TURKISH AIRLINES IS AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF MANCHESTER UNITED. 
GIGGS LIKES TO RELAX ON OUR FLAT-BED SEATS. 

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XAVI HERNÁNDEZ

TURKISH AIRLINES IS A PREMIUM PARTNER OF F.C. BARCELONA. 
XAVI LIKES TO WATCH HIS FAVORITE TV CHANNELS ON OUR IN-FLIGHT LIVE TV.

Turkish Airlines and Craig Redman produced special edition versions of these portraits with the five Manchester United players and the five FC Barcelona players, where the players were asked to colour in their own portraits. These special edition portraits will be auctioned and all proceeds raised from the Manchester United portraits will go to the Manchester United Foundation and the FC Barcelona portraits will go to the FC Barcelona Foundation.

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CHICHARITO

TURKISH AIRLINES IS AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF MANCHESTER UNITED. 
CHICHARITO LIKES OUR GLOBALLY AWARDED FLYING CHEF AND HIS CUISINE. 

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NANI

TURKISH AIRLINES IS AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF MANCHESTER UNITED. 
NANI LIKES TO PLAY ALL THE VIDEO GAMES HE LOVES ON OUR IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM. 

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RIO FERDINAND

TURKISH AIRLINES IS AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF MANCHESTER UNITED. 
FERDINAND LIKES TO SURF THE WEB ON OUR ON-BOARD INTERNET NETWORK.

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WAYNE ROONEY

TURKISH AIRLINES IS AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF MANCHESTER UNITED. 
ROONEY LIKES TO WATCH HIS FAVORITE TV CHANNELS ON OUR IN-FLIGHT LIVE TV

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