DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways, an Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA, congratulates the USA on the outstanding win of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019TM, following a month of football excitement throughout France. The final took place in Lyon, France on Sunday 7 July 2019, with medals and individual player awards presented by Qatar Airways cabin crew.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Women’s football is bigger than ever before, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ is the place where the hopes and dreams of many fans and supporters come true. I would like to congratulate Team USA on their win against Team Netherlands. We now look forward with tremendous anticipation to 2022, when a FIFA World Cup will be hosted in our home country, Qatar. As the national carrier of the State of Qatar, we could not be more proud as we prepare to welcome fans to our home and host city, Doha.”
In May the airline issued a new marketing campaign film supporting the competition, capturing the excitement of fans all over the world who will be watching the tournament as well as the thousands travelling to France to cheer their national team. The innovative film features a mother telling her daughter a wonderful bedtime story. It is a ﬂight of imagination, in which she describes an amazing new land where women’s football reigns, where players rule and fans from many nations gather to cheer. By the ﬁlm’s end, we realise that mother and daughter are in fact onboard a Qatar Airways aircraft ﬂying to the very destination she has been describing: a magical land, where the story of women’s football comes alive.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “The spirit of the game was alive and well in this FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. The final match between Team USA and Team Netherlands had us on our feet with excitement; it was a sight to see. I want to congratulate the USA for their exceptional performance and commend them for showing young women and girls everywhere the heights that you can reach. We are incredibly proud to be the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, and are looking forward to FIFA World Cup 2022™.”
On top of Qatar winning the bid for the FIFA World Cup 2022TM in May 2017, the award-winning airline announced its ground-breaking sponsorship deal with FIFA, which saw it become an Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA until 2022. The agreement also sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the FIFA Futsal World Cup, the FIFA eWorld Cup, and the FIFA Women’s World CupTM.
The airline’s partnerships build on its existing sponsorship strategy for the most popular sport in the world; as evident with its commitment to clubs in its own backyard and around the world. In 2018 Qatar Airways signed a five-year partnership agreement with leading German football team FC Bayern München AG, making the award-winning airline an FC Bayern München platinum partner until June 2023. The airline also has multi-year sponsorship agreements with Italian football club AS Roma, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor through the 2020-21 season; and with Argentinian football club Boca Juniors, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor through the 2021-22 season.
In 2019, Qatar Airways has become the first airline to win the ‘World’s Best Airline’ for five times and within a short period with the other times it has won; showing the airline constancy in providing the best for its passengers. The award was presented at the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business class’ for the fourth successive year, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ for the third successive year, and with Qsuite the ‘World’s Best Business Class Seats’.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. Qatar Airways has recently launched an array of exciting new destinations, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia, to name just a few. The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia to its extensive route network in the second half of 2019.