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Qatar Airways, Official Global Airline Partner of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center hosted a back-to-school party with local children on September 21, 2019

Held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 75 children from MS 345 were joined by Brooklyn Nets players Spencer Dinwiddie, Dzanan Musa, and Theo Pinson to celebrate the new school year

 

 

September 23, 2019
 

NEW YORK, USA – The 2019/2020 school year has officially begun! Qatar Airways is excited to join New York City children in another year of learning.

On Saturday, September 21, Qatar Airways held a back-to-school party at Barclays Center with 75 children from MS 354. The elementary school-aged children from Brooklyn were joined by Brooklyn Nets players Spencer Dinwiddie, Dzanan Musa and Theo Pinson. As the Official Global Airline Partner of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, Qatar Airways is thrilled to be giving back to the children of its host community.

At the back-to-school party, the Nets played “knockout” with the group of children and awarded two winners tickets to a 2019-20 regular season Nets game, including access to the exclusive Qatar Airways Club. Following the games, the children had a one-on-one question and answer session with Dinwiddie.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of the Americas, Eric Odone, said: “Basketball has the power of bringing communities together. But it goes well beyond the court of Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets do so much for Brooklyn, and we want to thank them immensely for working with us in showing young people that learning is worth getting excited about. We firmly believe that they are the generation of the future, and that is why it is so important that they believe in the power of education as strongly as we do.”

Throughout the day, the children participated in multiple cross-cultural experiences including a video booth where they recorded special messages to be shared with the Oryx International School in Doha as part of a new pen pal initiative. They were also taught the importance of healthy eating for growing minds by chefs from Qatar Airways and Levy Restaurants, the official food and beverage partner of Barclays Center. The back to school event would not be complete without special performances by the Brooklynettes and a station where the MS 354 children learned how to improve their basketball skills from the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy clinicians. To prepare them for the new school year, the children were gifted backpacks, notebooks and other school supplies.

Qatar Airways hopes that this event inspires the children to start the new school year off strong while motivating them to maintain a healthy mind and body that fosters growth on and off the court. Qatar Airways, the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center emphasize the importance of education and continuously seek opportunities to showcase its viability to local communities.

Qatar Airways understands the power of sports in inspiring children and bringing communities side by side. In October 2018, Qatar Airways announced its multi-year sponsorship as the Official Global Airline Partner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the team’s home, Barclays Center. The airline became the Official Partner and Airline of FIFA in May 2017 and will be supporting the much anticipated 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In addition, Qatar Airways holds extensive multi-year partnerships with some of the biggest teams around the world. Already an existing Platinum Partner with FC Bayern Munich, Qatar Airways became an Official Jersey Sponsor of the Italian football club AS Roma and Boca Juniors in Argentina.

Qatar Airways became the first airline to win the ‘World’s Best Airline’ for the fifth time; showcasing its consistency in providing the best for its passengers. The award was presented at the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization, Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business class’ for the fourth consecutive year, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ for the third successive year, and ‘World’s Best Business Class Seats’.   

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 130 destinationsworldwide. Qatar Airways has recently launched an array of exciting new destinations, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia, to name just a few. The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia and Gaborone, Botswana to its extensive route network in October 2019.

 

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Notes to Editors:

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 Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia; and will add Langkawi, Malaysia; and Botswana, Gaborone later in 2019.

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, 17 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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