- H.E. Ambassador of Japan handed the Qatar flag over to a Qatar Airways captain at Hamad International Airport en route to Tokyo
- Momentous occasion marked the end of the Flag Relay which engaged thousands of people in Qatar on Friday
DOHA, Qatar, 2019-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways is proud to support the Team Qatar Flag Relay 2019, which took place on Friday and involved 5,000 participants from local communities. The mass relay saw the Qatar flag travel across five different locations in Qatar, starting at the Qatar Olympic Committee and culminating in the handover of the flag at Hamad International Airport to continue its journey to Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Kazuo Sunaga, had the honour of handing the flag to Qatari Captain Khalid Al Hamadi on board the Qatar Airways flight to Tokyo.
The annual flag relay event symbolises the unity, diversity and achievements of Qatar and coincides with the country’s National Day celebrations.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “It is an honour for Qatar Airways to support the Team Qatar Flag Relay 2019 and I thank the Qatar Olympic Committee for providing this opportunity for all sections of the community to come together to unite, inspire and share our pride in the nation. As our country’s national carrier, we are passionate about bringing people from around the globe to Qatar, and from Qatar to the world. We wish Team Qatar the very best of luck in their preparations ahead of Tokyo 2020.”
Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, said: “We are proud to be a part of Team Qatar’s Flag Relay, which is a symbolic annual event signifying the unity and diversity of the State of Qatar. As the gateway of Qatar to the world, we have the unique privilege of being the ultimate stop for our iconic flag in Qatar before it finds its way on board a Qatar Airways flight to Tokyo 2020.”
Qatar Airways holds an extensive global sports portfolio, sponsoring top-level sporting events and some of the biggest football clubs around the world including AS Roma, Boca Juniors and FC Bayern Munich. As official FIFA partner, Qatar Airways sponsors the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, reflecting the values of sport as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s brand message – Going Places Together.
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. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added several exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia; Langkawi, Malaysia and Gaborone, Botswana. The airline will add Luanda, Angola and Osaka, Japan to its extensive route network along with in 2020.
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About Qatar Airways:
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 160 business and leisure destinations on board a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia and Gaborone, Botswana, in 2019 to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, following in 2020.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by 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. Qatar Airways 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.
Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.
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 160 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, B777, 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 2022 World Cup, 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, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 21 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.
For further information, please contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200
Source: Qatar Airways