Posted on November 29, 2017

Qatar Airways is proud to announce that it will be the official sponsor of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in the United Kingdom, an event presented annually to highlight outstanding achievements in London Theatre.

One of the most highly anticipated events of the London calendar, the Evening Standard Theatre Awards will this year be co-hosted by Cate Blanchett, American composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anna Wintour, alongside the owner of the London Evening Standard newspaper, Evgeny Lebedev. The long-standing annual awards ceremony is now in its 63rd year and will this year take place on the 3 December at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. This year, the awards consist of nine prizes including Best Actor and Best Actress and accolades for directing, designing, writing and individual productions, with winners in each category announced by the talented writer and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to take part in this year’s prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Awards. As one of the fastest growing global airlines, operating six flights a day to London’s Heathrow Airport and connecting to more than 150 destinations, Qatar Airways is well-positioned to offer its award-winning services to those attending this esteemed awards ceremony this year. “Qatar Airways sponsors a number of key events throughout the calendar year, in support of both the arts and sporting events around the world. We are proud that this year, Qatar Airways will be visible at this memorable occasion in the United Kingdom, where we fly 144 times per week to and from Doha.”

Qatar Airways connects London to more than 150 destinations via its award-winning Hamad International Airport, and also offers seamless connecting flights from countries such as Japan, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Now in its twentieth year of operations, the national carrier of the State of Qatar has a modern fleet of 206 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways announced that it will launch direct daily flights to Cardiff on 1 May 2018. Alongside 84 weekly non-stop flights to and from London Heathrow, Qatar Airways currently serves Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, with Cardiff to be the airline's fifth destination in the UK.

The current London route is served by an Airbus A380, Airbus A350, Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 aircraft which features the new Qsuite Business Class seats, a new concept from the airline which brings a First Class experience to the Business Class cabin, including the industry’s first ever double bed in Business Class. As well as enjoying unrivalled five-star service, premium customers can also be pampered with amenities from world-class brands such as BRIC’S, Nappa Dori, Monte Vibiano and The White Company. All passengers have access to the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One which offers up to 4,000 entertainment options.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar was announced in May as an Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA as part of a ground-breaking sponsorship package lasting until 2022. Upcoming events sponsored by Qatar Airways will include the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Qatar Airways currently holds the title of Airline of The Year as awarded by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

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