DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways commemorated the opening of its new ward with a special ceremony held under the patronage of HRH Prince Talal bin Muhammad, Special Advisor to HM King Abdullah II, at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday, October 29th.

Following the inauguration of the ward, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and other representatives from the airline attended the King Hussein Cancer Foundation’s (KHCF) 2019 Hope Gala Event. Sponsored by Qatar Airways as a Diamond Sponsor and Official Airline Partner, the Gala aimed to raise funds to support the vital work of KHCF.

The ward opening was attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, alongside Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to Jordan, His Excellency Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, Bayern Munich legend Mr. Lothar Matthäus, and other dignitaries and senior representatives from Qatar Airways.

On the occasion of the inauguration, HRH Prince Talal thanked Qatar Airways for its belief in the lifesaving mission of KHCF and KHCC, and for its dedicated and generous support, which has had a great positive impact on the Center and helped save the lives of KHCC patients.

His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is honoured to support the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center and its efforts to fight cancer. I applaud their work to provide patients with the treatment and care they need to beat the disease, as well as its efforts to prevent cancer from developing into its later stages through awareness-raising on a regional and international level.”

“The opening of our new ward at the King Hussein Cancer Center demonstrates our commitment to the Jordanian people and the region. It is one small way Qatar Airways can give back to the local community and contribute to this important cause.”

During the delegation’s visit to KHCC, Qatar Airways’ Oryx Kids Club Mascot, Orry, was present at the children’s play area to entertain children currently undergoing treatment at KHCC while His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker gave out toys to the children. The toys were donated by Box of Happiness, which is a charitable initiative that aims to bring joy to children around the world.

The Qatar Airways Ward will serve leukaemia in-patients through its 24 state-of-the-art rooms, and its naming commemorates the longstanding and fruitful partnership between the airline and KHCF/KHCC. In the past, Qatar Airways has supported the Foundation and Center through the donation of cutting edge lifesaving machinery and medical equipment. Representatives from the airline have also visited KHCC on several occasions, including various characters from the Oryx Kids Club to distribute gifts to children undergoing treatment at the Center.

Qatar Airways has a longstanding relationship with KHCC, having donated gifts to children at the Center on several occasions. The airline has supported a number of other CSR initiatives in Jordan, including the distribution of humanitarian aid packages to underprivileged families in cooperation with the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organisation, Qatar Charity Society, and the Qatar Red Crescent.

Jordan has become one of Qatar Airways’ most important markets since it launched its first flight to Amman in 1994. Today, Amman is served by 17 flights per week operated by wide-body aircraft, including the state-of-the-art Airbus A350. Over 400 Jordanians are employed by the Qatar Airways Group in Doha and worldwide to support its continued growth.

A codeshare agreement between Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian Airlines, signed in 2015, connects passengers of both airlines to a greater number of destinations around the world. The partnership was recently expanded to allow passengers of Royal Jordanian Airlines to book travel to Qatar Airways’ destinations in East Asia.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

Considered one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft to more than 160 destinations across its hub at Hamad International Airport. The airline recently launched flights to Rabat in Morocco, Izmir in Turkey, Malta, Davao in the Philippines, Lisbon in Portugal and Mogadishu in Somalia. The airline will launch flights to Gaborone in Botswana and Langkawi in Malaysia in October 2019.