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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is proud to be an official sponsor of the 8th Qatar Masters that will bring together some of the world’s leading golf professionals to Doha between March 10-13, 2005.As official airline of the prestigious tournament with prize money totalling US$1.5m, Qatar Airways will fly in players, their wives, caddies and spectators for what promises to be one of the highlights of Qatar’s sporting calendar.South Africa’s Ernie Els, the world number three, will be heading the field of players, which includes the defending Qatar Masters 2004 champion Joakkim Haeggman.Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev will be among a host of amateurs taking on professionals in the Pro-Am tournament on March 9 as a pre-cursor to the main professional tournament starting a day later.The Qatar Masters has been a regular feature on the European schedule since the inaugural event in 1998. But for the first time this year, the Qatar Masters will also feature players from the Asian circuit.Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted that the airline was once again associated with such a prestigious tournament that will be played over 18 holes.“We have been partners of the Qatar Masters for several years and our relationship has grown from strength to strength,” he said.“To see some of the world’s leading players here shows the level of commitment that the State of Qatar has in hosting key sporting events.”The main tournament will feature 144 players vying for the first prize of US$250,000, while the Pro-Am event will see 40 professionals and 80 amateur players taking part.Qatar Golf Association President and Chairman of the Organising Committee Hassan al-Nuaimi welcomed Qatar Airways’ participation in the event.“Qatar Airways has historically been a supporter of this wonderful event and we are pleased to see they will be part of the Qatar Masters once again,” he said, adding: “We thank Qatar Airways for being the official airline and helping put this sporting event on the global map.”
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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