Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Qatar Airways supported Manchester United Football Club for the Middle East Opus launch of the ultimate collection of memorabilia celebrating the history of the richest soccer club in the world.
The Manchester United Opus - a grand 800-page limited edition book weighing 35kg - recounts the club’s history, featuring exclusive ground-breaking editorial, including interviews with soccer greats, past and present.
Qatar Airways was proud to welcome a host of sporting celebrities to Dubai for the launch at the Burj Al Arab followed by a Gala Dinner at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Guests who flew Qatar Airways included Manchester United soccer legend Sir Bobby Charlton, former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, ex-captain Bryan Robson and British TV host Angus Deayton.
Former England soccer coach Sven Goran Erikkson, ex-World Boxing Champion Chris Eubank and model Caprice were also present at the star-studded event.
Only 10,000 copies of the Opus, which contains 2,000 photographs, have been printed with part of the proceeds going towards charity. The very first Opus, signed by the current Manchester United first team squad, will be auctioned off early next year in aid of UNICEF.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: "Qatar Airways is proud to be associated with the launch of the Manchester United Opus, the first-of-its-kind which captures the club’s historic moments. It is an association of pure excellence linking a quality soccer club with a quality airline."
Qatar Airways Senior Manager Commercial Operations Ali Al Rais, commented: "We were excited to have players and officials from Manchester United travel on Qatar Airways for this very special occasion. They had a taste of our award-winning service from Manchester and London to Dubai through Doha."
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of 52 aircraft to 70 online destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East and Indian subcontinent from Doha, the airline’s hub and capital of the State of Qatar. Together with codeshare partners, Qatar Airways serves more than 90 cities worldwide.
Qatar Airways is one of only four airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency.
Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew best in the Middle East for the fourth year running in 2006 and second best in the world, while the airline’s global rankings rose to an admirable fifth best. Qatar Airways plans to more than double its fleet size to 110 aircraft by 2015.
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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