Posted on February 03, 2019

Qatar Airways proudly congratulates Qatar’s national team for winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar beat Japan 3-1 in a thrilling final match that took place on Friday 1 February 2019 at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in front of a TV audience of millions.

This marks an incredible milestone for Qatar’s national team, as it is the first time the team has ever won the AFC Asian Cup. The victory came on the back of an incredible run where the team won six games without conceding a single goal.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This is a very proud moment for the State of Qatar. We could not be more proud of our national team for their inspiring performance throughout the tournament, despite much political pressure and an ill-judged campaign undertaken by the tournament’s host country, which is taking part in the illegal blockade against our country. Qatar’s national team, shrewdly managed by Félix Sánchez, has truly inspired all of us with their resilience, dignity and footballing skill.

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“This achievement testifies to the power of sport in bringing people together – one of our core beliefs as an airline, and one reason why Qatar Airways has invested in a host of top-tier global sporting sponsorships. We extend our warmest congratulations to the His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, and all the residents of Qatar, on this achievement.” On Friday 1 February, Qatar Airways held a public viewing of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final match between Qatar and Japan, at the Airport Park next to Qatar Airways’ headquarters. Families and individuals from across Doha came together to cheer for Qatar’s national football team, which performed incredibly throughout the Asian Cup.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Qatar Airways will offer a special discount of up to 25 per cent on fares. Privilege Club members will also have the opportunity to earn up to double Qmiles and Qpoints. The sale will be valid from 3 February – 14 February 2019, with travel validity from 3 February – 31 August 2019. In addition, Qatar Duty Free (QDF) will be offering a special two week-long sale from Saturday 2 February – Thursday 14 February 2019, with a 20 per cent discount on purchases at QDF stores. Terms and conditions apply.

Qatar Airways is proud to sponsor premier sporting clubs around the world. The airline recently revealed multi-year sponsorship agreements with several global sports entities, including leading German football team FC Bayern München AG, Italian football club AS Roma and Argentinian club Boca Juniors. In addition, Qatar Airways is the official airline sponsor of CONMEBOL professional football competitions across South America, including the Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores, Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana and the CONMEBOL Recopa.

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In May 2017, Qatar Airways announced a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with FIFA, which saw the award-winning airline become the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA until 2022. The partnership, one of the biggest sporting sponsorships in the world, will give Qatar Airways extensive marketing and branding rights at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. The agreement also sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the FIFA eWorld Cup, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, taking place in France this summer.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft to a network of around 160 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The multiple-award-winning airline was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First-Class Airline Lounge’.

Qatar Airways has launched an array of exciting destinations recently, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam. The airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Valletta, Malta, as well as many more.