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Qatar Airways Named Official Carrier Of The Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced its sponsorship of the 2nd annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival. The sponsorship follows a tradition at Qatar Airways in supporting local initiatives in the carrier’s home state of Qatar.

The airline’s expansive route network of 93 destinations spanning six continents makes the Festival within reach for those flying in from all over the globe. Many of the invited celebrities, special guests and dignitaries will fly Qatar Airways to attend the five-day Festival. The airline will also be the official host of the Opening Night Gala after-party, a star-studded launch event which will kick-off the Festival.

As the Doha Film Institute's annual celebration of all things film, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) is a community-minded five-day event that showcases the best of Arab and international films. Launched in 2009, DTFF is an international festival, organised by a Doha based team of more than 30 nationalities and 200 staff. Last year the Festival saw more than 20,000 people in attendance, and now with an additional day and more than 20 films added to the programme, this year’s Festival is expected to generate even more engagement from the community.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker signed the sponsorship agreement along with Amanda Palmer, Executive Director of the Doha Film Institute.

Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways welcomes visitors to Doha travelling from the four corners of the globe to experience our 5-star service on board. The Festival promises to be a showcase of top film talent, and with Doha named the Cultural Capital of the Middle East for 2010, the spotlight is ever more relevant.”

Palmer thanked Qatar Airways for their continued support, and said: “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. DTFF is a cultural investment for Qatar and the region, committed to promoting Arab filmmakers, and we are excited about reaching this objective with the support of our esteemed patrons.”

About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 89 aircraft from its Doha hub to 93 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.

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 carriers. 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. The awards are compiled from results of the annual Skytrax passenger survey in which almost 18 million travellers were polled over a 10-month period. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com.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.

About Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF)

As the Doha Film Institute's annual celebration of all things film, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) is a community minded five day event that showcases the best of Arab and international films. The Festival also reflects DFI´s film financing and year-round educational arms with industry programs and filmmaker events designed to fulfill DFI´s mission of empowering storytellers and building a long term film industry in Qatar. Launched in 2009, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival reflects a successful cultural partnership between DFI and Tribeca Enterprises. Based on a mutual mission to promote the influence of cinema, the importance of community culture and the need for arts education, the Festival provides an annual platform that celebrates the wonders of film appreciation and entertainment from every corner of the globe.

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
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