Doha, QATAR - Qatar Airways, Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the 15th Asian Games, celebrated the spirit of the biggest sporting event in the Middle East with a feast of fun, entertainment and hospitality across the city of Doha.
From hosting schoolchildren and VIPs at Qatar Airways' hospitality chalet at Sports City, to surprise visits by Orry - the Official Mascot of the Games - to Qatar Airways' exhibit areas, the airline showcased its best during the two-week sporting extravaganza.
As one of the key sponsors of the Asian Games, Qatar Airways' branding was present in the field of play across sporting venues providing the airline with huge exposure to athletes, officials, media and spectators, as well as hundreds of millions of television viewers around the world.
Qatar Airways invited media from around the world to enjoy the sporting spectacle and experience the facilities of the airline's brand new Premium Terminal for First and Business Class passengers at Doha International Airport. The US$90million terminal, the first of its kind in the world, opened just a week before the start of the Games.
Qatar Airways cabin crew were out in force with their warmth and hospitality welcoming visitors - young and old - to the airline's showcasing chalet in the grounds of Khalifa Stadium, the state-of-the-art venue for the track and field events and the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the Asian Games.
The airline's dedicated hospitality chalet attracted numerous VIPs and athletes, including India's tennis sensation Shikha Uberoi, who won a silver medal in the women's team event.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker expressed delight at what has proved to be an Asian Games of sporting excellence with spectators from around the world capturing the colour and excitement of the occasion.
"I am absolutely thrilled to see the level of support from spectators, athletes and officials to really make the Asian Games here in Doha one to remember for years to come," he said.
"The level of enthusiasm from people of all ages from all corners of the world has been fantastic and it is wonderful to see so many people dedicate their time and energy to what has proved to be an occasion that will go down in Asian Games history as the best ever Games."
"Qatar Airways is indeed privileged and honoured to have been a key sponsor working tirelessly to support the world's second largest sporting event after the Summer Olympics."
He added: "Qatar has gained many friends over the past two weeks and the Asian Games has really propelled the country into the international spotlight both now and for years to come. I am sure visitors to Qatar would have cherished the wonderful hospitality lauded to them over the past two weeks."
"I truly hope athletes, officials and spectators have enjoyed the traditional hospitality Qatar Airways is known for on all its flights, both to and from Doha, and cherished their time at the Asian Games."
Qatar Airways currently operates a young fleet of 52 all-Airbus aircraft from Doha to 70 cities across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Far East and Indian subcontinent.
Qatar Airways expands its international network in 2007 with the launch of non-stop scheduled flights between Doha and New York, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Dar Es Salaam and Lagos, together with two points in Northern and Eastern Europe.
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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