With only 20 days left until the FIFA World Cup™, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, and MATAR Chief Operations Officer Engineer Badr Al Meer, met at Hamad International Airport (HIA), to welcome a Boeing 777 aircraft painted in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ livery.

In 2017, Qatar Airways announced its partnership with FIFA as the tournament’s Official Airline. The alliance has gone from strength to strength, with the airline sponsoring numerous other FIFA tournaments.

HE Al Baker said they are representing both Qatar Airways and FIFA and their dedication towards playing a role in hosting the first-ever FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East. He said that hosting the tournament is a big achievement for them, and they are ready to unite fans worldwide and provide them with an exceptional experience.

Infantino, meanwhile, said they are ready to welcome millions of fans to Doha, to showcase the unique hospitality of the host country and ensure top-class service and the most memorable experiences, contributing to making this edition the best FIFA World Cup™ ever.

Most recently, the airline revealed providing football fans with world-class entertainment, including an exciting lineup for Qatar Live – which will host over 60 international artists throughout the World Cup. In addition, the airline also announced the development of beach clubs, fan zones and theme parks, the Daydream Music Festival, Lusail Boulevard brand activation, Qatar Airways Sky House, Winter Wonderland and the naming ceremony for the MSC World Europa cruise ship.

More customer experience initiative

Qatar Airways produced a line-up of customer experience initiatives that provides fans with a unique touch-point at every step in their journey:

Passenger Overflow Area: Qatar Airways will provide a dedicated Passenger Overflow space outside HIA and Doha International Airport (DIA), at no cost, where football festivities and live entertainment can be enjoyed while also providing storage space for luggage and carry-ons. The space will allow fans to continue enjoying the celebrations before they depart to their respective destinations.

FIFA Onboard Experience: As the Official Airline Partner for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Qatar Airways has set the stage with a unique onboard cabin experience for passengers travelling during the World Cup season, with a special range of FIFA World Cup™ themed products and activations.

The football-inspired cabin includes FIFA limited edition amenity kits, souvenir cushions, headphones, dining menus and football jersey-styled loungewear. Young traveller packs and plush toys have been specially curated for younger fans.

The Oryx One in-flight entertainment system will be home to more than 180 football-related titles, including an exclusive interview with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. During FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, passengers can enjoy complimentary live streaming of World Cup matches and other major sporting events directly from their personal devices.

Game ready

The tournament will be held across eight world-class stadiums designed to invoke the symbols of Arabian culture. The Al Bayt Stadium, with a capacity of 60,000 seats, will host the opening match; while Lusail Stadium, capable of seating 80,000 individuals, is set to host the final match. The remaining stadiums – the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Education City Stadium, Stadium 974 and Al Thumama Stadium, can seat 40,000 spectators.

For more FIFA-related news and updates, please visit our special Qatar 2022 page. 


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