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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways was proud to be the official airline partner of the 17th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) celebrations in Madrid this weekend, attracting leading celebrities from the Indian and International film fraternity.

The award-winning airline played an important role in flying distinguished members of the Indian film industry as guests on board Qatar Airways to Madrid, including leading celebrities such as; Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Fawad Khan, Abhay Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vivek Oberoi, Subash Ghai, David Dhawan, Gulshan Grover and many more.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Europe, Mr. Jonathan Harding commented that the airline was delighted to have well-known celebrities on board from the Indian film fraternity.

“Qatar Airways has the proud tradition of sponsoring some of the biggest events in the world, and as a partner to IIFA, we are very excited to have hosted these leading Bollywood celebrities on our double-daily flights to Madrid, allowing them to experience our acclaimed Qatari hospitality and service. As one of the most popular international events in Bollywood, IIFA is watched by Indian film fans from around the world, and is therefore a perfect platform to showcase Qatar Airways’ popularity among film fans.”

One of the most talked about annual events in the Indian film circuit, IIFA 2016 in Madrid attracted more than 150 Bollywood celebrities and an audience of approximately 6,500 people. Bollywood film fans keen to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars were not disappointed as many, including Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Tiger Shroff, made appearances and spell-binding performances during the celebrations.

IIFA has been instrumental in attracting the most well-known celebrities in India to travel to Spain, and as the official airline, Qatar Airways has also been able to facilitate those fans travelling from 13 key Indian cities that the airline serves.

Qatar Airways currently flies to Madrid two times a day and connects seamlessly via Doha to Ahmadabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi, Nagpur and Trivandrum.

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 186 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.

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.

In 2015 Qatar Airways launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 3,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects 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 cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 186 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, nine Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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