Qatar Airways has concluded an impressive exhibit at ITB Berlin 2018, having unveiled plans for 16 new destinations to be added to its network in 2018-2019, along with a five-year partnership with world-famous German football club – FC Bayern München AG.
The opening day of the travel trade event saw a lengthy press conference held by the award-winning airline, with Qatar Airways Group’s chief executive, HE Akbar Al Baker announcing a raft of new destination launches – among which is a new service to Luxembourg, making Qatar Airways the first Gulf carrier to fly to the country – that will expedite its robust expansion.
Destinations to be launched by the airline include London Gatwick, United Kingdom; Cardiff, United Kingdom; Lisbon, Portugal; Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum, Antalya and Hatay, Turkey; Mykonos and Thessaloniki, Greece; and Málaga, Spain.
On the second day of ITB, Qatar Airways announced the signing of a five-year partnership agreement with leading German football team FC Bayern München AG, under which the airline will become an FC Bayern München platinum partner until 2023. The five-season deal, commencing July 1, 2018, will see the airline’s logo adorning the shirt sleeves of the German league leaders.
Al Baker expressed his content with the airline’s participation: “We are delighted to have enjoyed such a successful week in Berlin, and are particularly excited to have had this as a venue to announce so many forthcoming additions to our global route network.
“We will continue to expand, to be able to offer our passengers as much choice as possible. Similarly, we remain committed to continuing to innovate, so that our passengers can enjoy the finest experience available in the skies.”
Qatar Airways exhibited with a brand-new exhibition stand at ITB, featuring a full 360 digital screen wrapping around the entire stand, which displayed the signature Qatar Airways five-star journey. In-flight entertainment experiences allowed guests to place themselves virtually into one of the airline’s business class seats, complemented by a full-size display of the airline’s Qsuite.