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QATAR AIRWAYS SCORES SOCIAL MEDIA GOAL

WITH FC BARCELONA ASIA TOUR FACEBOOK® CONTEST

04 Aug 2013

DOHA, Qatar, 4 Aug,2013 – Qatar Airways recently kicked off its sponsorship of the FC Barcelona Asia Tour by launching a contest for Facebook® fans to celebrate the airline’s support for the team’s visit to Bangkok, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The Facebook contest, which began 1st July and ran through 31st July, gained the airline hundreds of thousands of new fans and propelled Qatar Airways to become the fastest growing airline on social media according to analytics platform, Social Bakers.

Two lucky winners, from one of the many destinations that Qatar Airways flies, will fly with a guest in the airline’s award-winning Business Class, receive VIP tickets to either the Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur match, and have a chance to meet FC Barcelona players for a private autograph session, as well as two nights at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok which is located by the magnificent River of Kings or Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur - a paradise in the heart of a metropolis.

Qatar Airways is also giving its fans the opportunity to customize their personal Facebook and Twitter profiles with an exclusive badge to share their love for football.

The airline expects a continued strong surge of fans, as it spreads its brand message worldwide, via its partnership with FC Barcelona as main sponsor.  Fans can follow the club’s Asia Tour 2013 on  www.facebook.com/qatarairways

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 127 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).

Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations – Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014)

For press release images & captions:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157634925685990/


Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East. The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012.

Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.

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. Qatar Airways will become the first of the major Gulf carriers to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages 81 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000.  Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of ‘hospitality from the heart.’   The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.  For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.

For further information
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com