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Qatar Airways Announces Partnership with Club Africain of Tunisia

Airline will be the Main Shirt Sponsor of Club Africain’s football, handball and basketball teams from 2020/21 until the end of the 2023/24 season

Qatar Airways currently operates three weekly passenger services to Tunis

DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways is excited to announce that it has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Club Africain of Tunisia, further growing its global sporting partnerships portfolio.

This agreement will see the airline’s logo proudly placed on the club’s football, handball and basketball teams’ playing jerseys from the 2020/21 season until the end of the 2023/24 season. Club Africain competes in the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 and has established itself as one of the most popular football clubs in Tunisia.

Club Africain’s football team has won 13 Tunisian League titles, 13 Tunisian Cups and three Tunisian Super Cups and is famous for being the first Tunisian Club to win an international trophy, when they won the Maghreb Cup in 1971.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “We are excited to announce this new partnership, which will see Qatar Airways become the main shirt sponsor of Club Africain from the 2020/21season. We are continually striving to boost our global sporting sponsorship portfolio, and this partnership, the first with any African sporting team, is just one more example of our dedication to the sports sector and our belief in the power of sport to bring people together. We look forward to working and engaging with the club and its fans to help make a real difference through this exciting new partnership. Sport is a key pillar of the long-term vision of the State of Qatar, and as Qatar’s national carrier, we welcome the opportunity to use sport as a means for youth development here in Qatar and around the world.”

Club African Chairman, Mr. Abdulessalem Al Younsi said: “Upon celebrating the centenary anniversary of Club Africain, we are delighted to announce that the club has reached a four-year partnership with Qatar Airways. Club Africain is elated to be a part of the major group of international teams that are partnered with and sponsored by Qatar Airways. Club Africain is widely known as the club of the people and the most popular club in Tunisia, and was the first to achieve an international trophy amongst its local competitors. The partnership between Club Africain and Qatar Airways is beneficial to the club, administration, players, and most importantly the fans; as it motivates and generates an opportunity for the club to compete at a higher level. This four-year partnership is a key component in Club Africain’s progression.”

Qatar Airways has strong ties with Tunisia, having operated flights to the capital Tunis since 2005. While COVID-19 forced the airline to temporarily suspend services, Tunis was one of the airline’s first African destinations to resume flights with the national carrier of the State of Qatar currently operating three weekly flights.

Club Africain joins Paris St. Germain, AS Roma, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München, K.A.S. Eupen and Al Sadd SC in Qatar Airways’ global football sponsorship portfolio. In addition, Qatar Airways is also the Official Airline Partner of FIFA and participated in the sponsorship of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup™ Qatar, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

Qatar Airways continues to lead the recovery of international air travel following the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The carrier has rebuilt it's global network to over 500 weekly flights to more than 80 destinations. The airline’s fleet of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has meant it can continue flying by offering the right capacity in each market. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has taken the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. The airline’s fleet of 49 Airbus A350 and 30 Boeing 787 are the ideal choice for current market conditions.

Qatar Airways’ onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations including London, Paris, and Frankfurt. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has also extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs.

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways: 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

Hamad International Airport (HIA), the airline’s home and hub, was recently ranked “Third Best Airport in the World”, among 550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020. Rising from fourth position in 2019 to third in 2020, HIA has been steadily rising in the ‘World's Best Airports’ rankings since the start of its operations in 2014. In addition, HIA was voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row.

Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.

Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 160 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, B777, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2022 World Cup, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 21 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.

Qatar Executive is the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group. Luxury jet services are available for worldwide charter on board the operator’s wholly-owned business jet fleet. Qatar Executive is the launch customer for Gulfstream’s G700, the world’s first commercial service operator of the Gulfstream G500 and largest commercial operator of the G650ER worldwide. Qatar Executive's service portfolio also includes aircraft management, maintenance and Fixed Based Operator services.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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