Posted on August 19, 2018

Qatar Airways extends its best wishes to Team Qatar's athletes participating in this year’s highly-anticipated global sporting event, the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, taking place in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from 18 August - 2 September 2018. Qatar’s national carrier is proud to be the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the Asian Games.

More than 220 of Qatar’s most talented athletes flew out of Qatar’s home and hub, Hamad International Airport, on the award-winning airline to gather in Jakarta ahead of Saturday’s opening ceremony, which launched an exciting two-week global competition. Qatar’s national team will compete alongside 44 participating nations in various sports including: shooting, sailing, fencing, bowling, equestrian, archery, gymnastics, tennis, karate, taekwondo, and many more.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways wishes all the talented athletes from Qatar’s National Team the best of luck in the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018. We are extremely proud and excited to watch our nation’s best athletes compete in this exciting global event, and we look forward to celebrating their success with them. I would also like to extend Qatar Airways’ best wishes to all participating nations.

“As the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of this world-class sporting event, Qatar Airways welcomes all fans to Jakarta and Palembang, and is proud to unite passengers from around the world through a shared love of sport. We believe in the power of sport and its ability to bring people together, and we will continue to support the unity that it fosters by strengthening our extensive global sporting sponsorship portfolio.” This is the second time that Qatar Airways has proudly sponsored the prestigious Asian Games; the award-winning airline was also the Official Airline of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006. The national carrier of the State of Qatar welcomed thousands of fans from around the world to Doha, in what was the largest sporting event in the history of Qatar at the time.

The Asian Games is a pancontinental multi-sporting event held every four years, and is the second largest multi-sporting event after the Olympic Games. The award-winning airline provides triple-daily services to Jakarta, served by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, and triple-daily services to Denpasar, served by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring 24 seats in Business Class and 388 seats in Economy Class.

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 World Cup Qatar™, with an expected audience reach of more than two billion people. The agreement sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup™, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the FIFA Under-20 and Under 17 World Cups™, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™, and the FIFA Interactive World Cup™.

Qatar Airways holds an extensive global sports portfolio, sponsoring some of the biggest teams around the world. In addition to its existing partnership with the German football club giants FC Bayern München AG, for which it is a Platinum Partner, Qatar Airways also recently revealed multi-year sponsorship agreements with Italian football club AS Roma, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor; and with Argentinian football club Boca Juniors, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor.

Qatar Airways made headline news last month at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, with a number of high-profile announcements and award wins. The airline picked up four prestigious awards at this year’s 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards, being named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the sixth time and third consecutive year; ‘Best Airline In The Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plans, including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.