Bid committee pens ‘Platinum Partner’ deal with national carrier
DOHA, QATAR (September 11, 2010) – The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee today announced Qatar Airways as the Official Airline of the bid that aims to bring the FIFA World Cup to the Middle East for the first time in 2022.
“Qatar Airways’ commitment to quality and hospitality reflects the values our country is so proud of” said Hassan Al Thawadi, CEO of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee. “The rapid expansion of Qatar Airways is a reflection of the rise of Qatar on the world stage, which we hope to take to the next level by bringing the World Cup here in 2022.
We are proud to announce this partnership with our nation’s best-known and most visible global corporate flag-carrier. It is further evidence of the unity in Qatar behind our efforts, on both corporate and community levels.”
Qatar Airways’ support for the 2022 bid will encompass a wide-ranging campaign, including promotions on the in-flight entertainment system, in the airline’s ‘Oryx’ magazine and in and around Doha International Airport.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said:
“Qatar Airways is very proud to be involved in the historic bid to bring the FIFA World Cup to Doha. We at the airline take pride in working with our local partners on initiatives that will raise the profile of the State of Qatar on the global stage.
As a 5-star airline, serving 92 destinations spanning six continents, we are in an enviable position to provide world-class service to all of those who will visit Qatar for the games, and our network will expand even further over the next 10 years.”
The sponsorship deal follows on from last week’s announcement of Qatar National Bank as the official bank of the bid and heralds the beginning of an important week for the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee.
FIFA’s inspection team, headed by Harold Mayne-Nicholls will touch down in Doha on September 14 to begin their three-day inspection visit. Qatar is the final bidding nation on the inspectors’ schedule.
FIFA’s Executive Committee will vote for their choice of hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on December 2, 2010 at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland