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Qatar Airways Sponsors International Film Festival Of India

Goa, INDIA – Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, was proud to be the Associate Sponsor of the International Film Festival of India, attracting celebrities from world cinema and the popular Indian movie industry.

The award-winning airline hosted two exclusive VIP lounges during the 10-day Festival held in India’s premier beach holiday centre of Goa.

Thanks to Qatar Airways’ extensive route network of 95 destinations spanning six continents, many of the invited international celebrities, special guests and dignitaries experienced the airline’s service from around the world to attend the event.

Qatar Airways had dedicated VIP lounges for directors and artistes. Both lounges were inaugurated by renowned Indian film director and script writer Madhur Bhandarkar, with guests including Manoj Srivastava, CEO of the Entertainment Society of Goa and Sanjay Srivastava, Chief Secretary of the Government of Goa.

Distinguished members of the Indian film fraternity – directors, scriptwriters, actors and actresses – who were guests at Qatar Airways’ VIP lounges included Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rahul Khanna, Tapan Acharya, Nana Patekar, Gulshan Grover, Freida Pinto, Manisha Koirala and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy.

Leading international directors and jury members from Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Greece and Poland, Asia and America also walked the red carpet during the festival.

Leading French actress Marianne Borgo, who has appeared in more than 55 movies commended Qatar Airways for its high levels of service, saying she was a frequent traveller with the airline.

Organisers of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) thanked Qatar Airways for its support, saying: “The success of the Festival owes a great deal to the support extended by our partners, who share our vision of bringing global communities together through the universal language of film. IFFI is a cultural investment for India and the region, committed to promoting filmmakers, and we are excited about reaching this objective with the support of our esteemed patrons.”

“Qatar Airways prides itself as being one of the key players in the Indian market where we have grown our operations rapidly over the past few years, connecting India with rest of the world with our direct services to Doha and onwards. The launch of flights to Goa last year helped us expand our reach in India and we are thrilled to have flown many celebrities to the film festival in this wonderful holiday state.”

Qatar Airways currently operates flights to 11 destinations across India, non-stop from its hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar. Daily services operate to Goa, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin, Kozhikode, Trivandrum and double daily to Delhi.

With excellent connections from cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America and South America, Qatar Airways offers passengers heading to India with convenient one-stop flights via Doha.

The airline operates a modern fleet of 93 aircraft from Doha to 95 key business and leisure cities worldwide.

Beginning next month, Qatar Airways embarks on an expansion drive across Europe, where it currently flies to 21 destinations. New flights from Doha to Bucharest and Budapest start on January 17; services to Brussels begin on January 31 with Stuttgart, effective March 6. All the services offer excellent connections from the 11 daily inbound flights from across India. The Syrian city of Aleppo will be the airline’s 100th destination with scheduled services starting on April 6.

Ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency also places Qatar Airways among the world’s top three airlines. At the 2010 Skytrax World Airline Awards, Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East for the fifth consecutive year, World’s Best Business Class Catering, and the Staff Service Excellence Award for the Middle East.

Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013, by which time its global network will rise to 120 destinations. The airline has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family of aircraft, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The carrier has aircraft orders for more than 200  jets worth over US$40 billion pending delivery and is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened.

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Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 44496956, Fax: +974 44620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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