Qatar Airways renews sponsorship with Qatar Football Association for two more seasons

  • Qatar Airways Holidays offers international football fans tailor-made packages for a unique experience at the upcoming FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways today signed a partnership agreement with the Qatar Football Association (QFA), demonstrating its commitment as the Official Airline Sponsor of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Champions.

The contract renewal will see the country’s national carrier partner with QFA for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons ahead of the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. To commemorate the partnership, Qatar Airways GCEO, HE Akbar Al Baker, and Sheikh Hamad bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of the Qatar Football Association, attended a signing ceremony earlier today.

National team players and coaching staff from all age groups have participated in several overseas tournaments. The senior team recently took part as a guest nation in the FIFA World Cup European qualifiers, competing with Azerbaijan, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Serbia in Group A.

After a successful debut in CONMEBOL Copa America 2019; the senior team has also performed well in international tournaments such as the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States, reaching the semi-finals. The team finished Group E of the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers on pole position. Meanwhile, the U-23 national team continued the legacy by securing qualification for the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup to be held in Uzbekistan.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our support for the Qatar Football Association stems from our country’s collective passion for football. We want to stay true to our mission of bringing people together through the power of sport, and what better way to do that than by sponsoring our national football teams. Our national teams have become increasingly strong in competition with the best in the world over the past few years. We want to continue supporting them at every stage of their journey.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), said: “Qatar Airways is seen as a key partner in consistently delivering a high quality service that always exceeds our expectations. We would like to thank the airline for its support of sports associations in general and football in particular.”

He added that he was pleased with the renewal of the partnership with Qatar Airways for another two years to sponsor the national team. “The renewal of the partnership was ideal, as the national team prepares for the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Our partnership exemplifies the vision of both organizations to have a direct positive impact on the development of football. A pioneering national association, the QFA is constantly committed to developing strategic partnerships with major entities in Qatar to ensure that football acts as an effective tool to help achieve the National Vision 2030, and therefore our partnership with Qatar. Airways reinforces this objective.” he said.

From November 30 to December 18, 2021, Qatar Airways will sponsor the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™, the region’s flagship tournament with 16 Arab nations competing. Qatar Airways Holidays has launched extensive travel packages for the inaugural tournament, inviting football fans around the world to experience the finest Qatari hospitality and follow their favorite team in person. Fans have the option of creating their own package including flights with Qatar Airways, the Official Airline Partner of FIFA. The ‘Build Your Own’ feature gives them the flexibility to choose their preferred travel dates, hotel accommodations and match tickets. Fans can discover and book the packages by visiting https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/arabcup.

Qatar Airways sponsored the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and UEFA Euro 2020™. The airline also has an extensive portfolio of global sports partnerships which includes football governing bodies such as FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL. As an Official Partner of FIFA, Qatar Airways has sponsored major events, including the 2019 and 2020 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup™, and will sponsor the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Qatar Airways also sponsors some of the biggest football clubs in the world, including Al Sadd SC, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München, KAS Eupen and Paris Saint-Germain.

The State of Qatar’s national carrier continues to rebuild its network, which currently has more than 140 destinations. With more frequencies added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unparalleled connectivity to passengers, allowing them to easily connect to their destination of choice, seamlessly.

Multi-award-winning airline Qatar Airways has been named ‘Airline of the Year’ by international airline rating organization, Skytrax, as well as scooping five additional awards, including World’s Best Business Class , the World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge, Best Business Class Airline Seat, World’s Best Business Class Inflight Catering and Best Airline in the Middle East. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry after winning the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021). The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), was also recently recognized as the “World’s Best Airport 2021”, ranking first in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

On top of that, Qatar Airways is the first global airline in the world to earn the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Aviation Safety Rating from Skytrax. This follows the success of Hamad International Airport (HIA) as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to receive a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These awards assure passengers worldwide that the airline’s health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional and independent review and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented on board and at HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

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© Press release 2021

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