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Qatar Airways Signs Latest Sponsorship with Volleyball Federation of Russia as Official Airline Partner

VFR is the first Russian sports federation to enter a partnership with the World’s Best Airline

Partnership coincides with Qatar Airways launching flights to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport

 

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways expands its diverse sporting sponsorship portfolio with the exciting addition of the Volleyball Federation of Russia (VFR) in a two-year sponsorship deal as Official Airline Partner. The agreement will see the VFR become the first Russian sports federation to enter a partnership with the World’s Best Airline, ensuring the Qatar Airways logo is displayed on all regional and international tournament uniforms, as well as across all courtside spaces.

As part of the new partnership, events sponsored by Qatar Airways include the Women’s and Men’s editions of the Russian Volleyball Championships which started in October 2021, and the Women’s and Men’s finals of the Russian Volleyball Cup commencing in December 2021.

The VFR has a number of indoor and beach volleyball tournaments lined up for both the Men and Women’s categories in 2021/22. All matches in 2021 will be played in Anapa; one of Russia’s most popular resorts, and home to a world-class sports and health complex – Volley Grade.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We look forward to investing in the progress of this increasingly popular sport and amplify our visibility in the Russian market to cement our ever-growing Qatar-Russia ties. The Volleyball Federation of Russia actively hosts a number of international and regional volleyball events, which Qatar Airways is excited to play a part in. We are confident that this partnership will be a welcome addition to our extensive partnership portfolio and support our vision of bringing people together through the power of sports.”

Volleyball Federation Russia President Stranislav Shevchenko, said: "VFR will be the first Russian sports federation to sign a sponsorship agreement with Qatar Airways, and we thank our partner for their trust. We will do our best to make our relationship as effective as possible."

The partnership with VFR coincides with the airline moving its services to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), and the introduction of the famous Qsuite on the route. The daily service will be operated by the airline’s modern Boeing 777-300 featuring 42 seats in Business Class and 312 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways first began its operations to the capital of Russia back in 2003 and currently celebrates over 17 years of direct flights to Moscow. In 2017, the airline further demonstrated its commitment to Russia by adding direct flights to the cultural capital – St. Petersburg.

While upholding the world’s highest standards in safety and hygiene, the airline in partnership with Discover Qatar provides its passengers with travel packages consisting of up to a 4 night stay in Doha - Qatar, the Middle East’s emerging leisure destination. The packages allow vaccinated travellers to purchase the World’s Best Value Stopover, for a chance to experience the country’s renowned hospitality starting at 14 USD per person per night, before continuing on to their final destination from the World’s Best Airport, Hamad International Airport (HIA).

The airline sponsored the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the UEFA Euro 2020™, and has an extensive global sports partnership portfolio that includes football-governing bodies such as FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL. As FIFA’s Official Partner, Qatar Airways has sponsored mega events including the 2019 and 2020 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup™, and will sponsor the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Qatar Airways also sponsors some of the world’s biggest football clubs including Al Sadd SC, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München, K.A.S. Eupen, and Paris Saint-Germain.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivalled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to connect to a destination of their choice, seamlessly.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax, in addition to securing five additional awards including World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge, World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat, World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering and Best Airline in the Middle East. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021). The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), was also recently recognised as the ‘Best Airport in the World 2021’, ranking at number one in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2021.

In addition to this, Qatar Airways is the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax. This follows the success of Hamad International Airport (HIA) as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These awards provide assurance to passengers around the world that the airline’s health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented on board and at HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways: 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2021 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021).

Hamad International Airport (HIA), the airline’s home and hub, was recently announced as the ‘World’s Best Airport’ in the Skytrax 2021 World Airport Awards. HIA has been steadily rising in the ‘World's Best Airports’ rankings since the start of its operations in 2014.

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, 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 World Cup Qatar 2022TM, 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 in the belly-hold deck of passenger aircraft to an extensive network. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 26 Boeing 777 freighters and six B777-300ER mini 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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