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June 5, 2019

NEW YORK, USA – Qatar Airways, the Official Global Airline Partner of The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) Club Competitions, congratulates Club Atlético River Plate on the outstanding win during the 2019 CONMEBOL Recopa. River Plate Stadium, Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti hosted the second leg of the final with over 60,000 dedicated fans from around the world.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of the Americas, Eric Odone, said: “We are proud to be a partner of the world’s oldest continental Confederation, CONMEBOL. Qatar Airways believes in the power of sports in bringing people together, and this partnership strengthens our presence in the sports community and our commitment in connecting South America to the world via Qatar Airways presence in the continent. We look forward to supporting the upcoming CONMEBOL Sudamericana & CONMEBOL Libertadores finals later this year and again congratulate Club Atlético River Plate on their triumphant win.”

Prior to the match, Qatar Airways organized a celebration in honor of the sponsorship inviting well-known Argentinian celebrities “La China” Suárez and Franco Masini. The guests enjoyed an amazing evening at Nuestro Secreto, located in the gardens of the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, where the journalist Sebastian, “el Pollo” Vignolo and former player Oscar Ruggeri entertained guests with stories from Ruggeri’s experience during the international football finals

Qatar Airways became the official CONMEBOL partner in October 2018, adding another strong sports partnership to its expanding portfolio and creating maximum exposure in South America. As part of the agreement, Qatar Airways will be the sponsor of CONMEBOL professional football club competitions for the next 4.5 years, effective through 2022.

CONMEBOL is the continental governing body of football in South America, and is one of FIFA’S six continental confederations. The entity is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football’s major international tournaments. Qatar Airways has long celebrated its strong ties with South America; earlier this year the airline announced it was the Official Jersey Sponsor of the world-renowned Argentinian football club the Boca Juniors through the 2022/23 season. In addition, Qatar Airways Group acquired 10 per cent of South American LATAM Airlines Group in December 2016 through a strategic investment, further strengthening ties with the continent. Qatar Airways proudly flies one of the youngest fleets in the sky, featuring the world’s most technologically-advanced and environmentally friendly aircraft. The airline operates a fleet of more than 250 modern aircraft to a network of more than 160 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, including São Paulo and Buenos Aires.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s BeBest Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.

Qatar Airways will add a number of other new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia and Langkawi, Malaysia.

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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 travelers 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 will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways has been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognized as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, four 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, 16 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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