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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways will ring in the New Year as the Official Airline of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2013, attracting some of the world’s top tennis players on the men’s circuit.
Gael Monfils set to compete in Doha.
Stars David Ferrer and last year’s finalist Gael Monfils will descend upon the courts of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in the Qatari capital for what will be the first major tennis tournament on the 2013 global calendar.
Many of the world’s top players will take part in the season opener in Qatar, one of the ATP tennis events on the world tour. The Doha tournament runs from December 31 to January 5.
Monfils from France will join compatriot Richard Gasquet together with frequent competitor Russian Nikolay Davydenko, as well as Philipp Kohlschreiber, Mikhail Youzhny and Feliciano Lopez to battle it out on the courts for the 2013 title.
As Official Airline, Qatar Airways will fly players, officials, fans and media from around the world for a week of competitive tennis. The carrier will also have significant court branding and a presence in the public village of the stadium complex.
In addition to the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Qatar Airways has also shown tremendous support for the women’s tournament – the Qatar Total Open 2013 to be held in Doha in February.
“Qatar Airways is delighted to provide continuing support to the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, one of Qatar’s biggest annual sporting draws,” said Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
“The tournament has now become a regular fixture on the sporting calendar here in Qatar and one that appeals to every tennis fan. Qatar Airways is thrilled to be part of the excitement and energy in the build up to this popular tournament here in the city of Doha each year.
“Sport is a key pillar of Qatar Airways’ strategy and over the next 12 months we will see the airline further develop inroads into this key fabric of society as sport touches the hearts of many people around the world.”
One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 116 aircraft to 122 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to 12 new destinations – Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Yangon (Myanmar), Maputo (Mozambique), Belgrade (Serbia); and Warsaw (Poland).
Over the next few weeks and months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Gassim, Saudi Arabia (7 January 2013); Najaf, Iraq (January 23); Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 20); Chengdu, China (March 19); Chicago, USA (April 10); and Salalah, Oman (May 22).
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the second consecutive year in 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially announce plans to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group.