Qatar Airways announces partnership with Belgian football team K.A.S. Eupen

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The airline will be the main shirt sponsor of Belgian First Division club K.A.S. Eupen starting from the 2019/20 season

Qatar Airways operates eight weekly passenger services to Brussels and 19 weekly all-cargo services to Liège

Qatar Airways is excited to announce that it has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Belgian football club K.A.S. Eupen further growing its global sporting partnerships portfolio.

This agreement will see the airline’s logo proudly placed on the team’s playing jersey from the 2019/20 season. Qatar Airways branding will also be placed around K.A.S. Eupen’s stadium. K.A.S. Eupen competes in the Jupiler Pro League, the Belgian First Division and has established a reputation for developing young talented footballers such as Moussa Wague and Henry Onyekuru.

K.A.S. Eupen has also played a pivotal role in developing many young Qatari players including Akram Afif, Abdelkarim Hassan and several other members of Qatar’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup winning squad.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are very pleased to announce this new partnership, which will see Qatar Airways become the main shirt sponsor of K.A.S. Eupen from the 2019/20 season. We are continually striving to boost our global sporting sponsorship portfolio, and this partnership is just one more example of our dedication to the sports sector and our belief in the power of sport to bring people together. Qatar Airways has strong ties with Belgium operating eight weekly passenger services to Brussels from Doha and 19 weekly all-cargo services to Liège. This partnership demonstrates our long term commitment to further growing and developing our relationship with Belgium.”

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms Salam Al Shawa, said: “We are delighted to add K.A.S. Eupen to our global football sponsorship portfolio. We look forward to working and engaging with the club and its fans to help make a real difference through this exciting new partnership. Sport is a key pillar of the long-term vision of the State of Qatar, and as Qatar’s national carrier, we welcome the opportunity to use sport as a means for youth development here in Qatar and around the world.

K.A.S. Eupen Board of Directors representative Dr Andreas Bleicher, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with one of the most prestigious and awarded airlines in the world. Qatar Airways will be our Main Shirt Sponsor from now on, which puts our club within the remarkable global football club portfolio of Qatar Airways such as AS Roma, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München and Al Sadd SC. Our professional team will wear the Qatar Airways logo on our jersey from now on. Our partnership is both incentive and commitment for us to stay in Belgium’s top-flight league, to improve our professional to youth teams and also continuously develop our club organisationally and increase our social engagement. As a club, we will support Qatar Airways´ ambition in the Belgian airline and tourism industry, so that it will become a win-win situation for both entities. We are looking forward to an exciting partnership with Qatar Airways”.

K.A.S. Eupen joins AS Roma, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München and Al Sadd SC in Qatar Airways’ global football sponsorship portfolio. In addition, Qatar Airways is also the Official Airline Partner of FIFA, which includes 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the FIFA Club World Cup™, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

The national carrier for the State of Qatar currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

The airline has launched a host of exciting new destinations in 2019, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia; and will add Langkawi, Malaysia; and Gaborone, Botswana, to its extensive network in October 2019 with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, following in 2020.

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