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Official Airline Qatar Airways Hails Britain's Andy Murray For Winning US$1.5 Million Qatar Exxon Mobil Open

Doha, QATAR – British number one Andy Murray powered his way to clinch the Qatar ExxonMobil Tennis Open last night, the first tennis tournament of the year which Qatar Airways was proud to be the Official Airline.

The world number 11 from Scotland beat Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland in a three-set marathon final held at the Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha. Following his defeat in last year’s final, Murray returned to Qatar to win his fourth ATP Tour title in front of a packed centre court.

As Official Airline of the prestigious event, Qatar Airways was proud to fly players and officials to the week-long tournament, with total prize money worth US$1.5 million on offer. The event was held ahead of the first major Grand Slam of the year – the Australian Open taking place in Melbourne later this month.

Qatar Airways cabin crew were on hand to give away gifts to spectators in the grounds of the complex.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline was proud to once again be part of the first major sporting tennis tournament of the year in Qatar.

“This was a fantastic tournament which brought out the crowds and it was great to see a thrilling final on a wonderful night of tennis,” he said.

“On behalf of Qatar Airways, congratulations go out to Andy Murray and all the very best to him as he now prepares to conquer the Australian Open.”

Sport plays a key role in everyday life and Qatar Airways is proud to commit to supporting sport as part of its ongoing marketing and communications strategy.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 60 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 81 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Far East and North America from its hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.

The airline is one of only six 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

Doha-based Qatar Airways will have 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 2009, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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