- Airline’s social media contest provides a pair of tickets to the final thrilling match for fans using the #KolkataTogether hashtag
- Qatar Airways Cabin Crew present medals to the winning team, England
DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Oct-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has given match tickets to two lucky football fans to join in the celebrations and watch the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 football tournament in Kolkata, India.
The fortunate winners won the tickets as part of a social media contest held by Qatar Airways, the Official Airline of FIFA. They were selected from thousands of spectators who submitted pictures using the #KolkataTogether hashtag to enter the contest.
Qatar Airways Cabin Crew participated in the awards ceremony by presenting medals to players from the England team, after they won first place in the tournament in a sensational performance against Spain. England beat Spain with a 5-2 win in the thrilling final match before a capacity crowd of more than 66,000 people at Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This final game has capped a magnificent tournament for all of those who took part in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. We are delighted to be the Official Airline Partner of FIFA and join in the celebrations with thousands of dedicated football fans.
“As a nation, we place great importance on sports as a means of bringing people together. We at Qatar Airways are excited to take part in this tournament to help inspire and nurture the next generation of young football players.”
FIFA Director Marketing Services, Mr. Jean-François Pathy, said: “The support of our Official Partners is vital to the success of all our FIFA events. In that respect, Qatar Airways have done a tremendous job in building excitement around the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 through #KolkataTogether. The use of such innovative digital campaigns creates positive engagement with our fans and contributes to promoting football not only in India but also around the world.”
Twenty-four national teams competed for the top trophy, taking part in 52 matches over 23 days in six different Indian cities: Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Kochi, Kolkata and Guwahati. This year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup was the first-ever FIFA tournament to take place in India.
Qatar Airways flies more than one hundred times a week between Doha and 13 destinations in India, including Delhi, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Amritsar.
Qatar was announced in May as an Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA as part of a ground-breaking sponsorship package lasting until 2022. Upcoming events sponsored by Qatar Airways will include the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
As an Official Partner of FIFA, Qatar Airways will have extensive marketing and branding rights at the next two FIFA World Cups, with an expected audience reach of billions of people per tournament. The airline will also have visibility at competitions such as the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA Futsal World Cup and the FIFA Interactive World Cup, the world’s largest online gaming tournament.
Qatar Airways was named the Skytrax ‘Airline of the Year’ earlier this year. The national carrier of the State of Qatar also won a raft of other major awards at the Skytrax awards ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’
Qatar’s national carrier operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The airline is launching a host of exciting new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018, including St Petersburg, Russia; Adana, Turkey and Cardiff, U.K, to name just a few.
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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including St. Petersburg, Russia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Canberra, Australia and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named ‘Airline of the Year’ by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves more than 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747-8 freighter.
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