Qatar Airways has been named as the Official Match Airline Partner for this highly anticipated match, which will take place eight days ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Qatar, having won their last two international matches against Algeria and then Slovenia, will be keen to continue their winning momentum.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are pleased to announce that Qatar Airways has been named the Official Match Airline Partner for the Qatar versus Scotland game, reinforcing the airline’s support for this great game. As the national carrier of Qatar it is with great pride that we will be supporting our national team in this international friendly match in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.”
Qatar Airways UK and Ireland Country Manager, Richard Oliver, said: “Combined with our recently increased service from Edinburgh to Doha to a direct daily flight, this sponsorship further demonstrates the continued importance of the Scottish market to Qatar Airways, which offers passengers from Edinburgh more than 140 destinations via the airline’s state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha.”
The daily QR028 outbound service and QR027 inbound service, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, offers a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. All seats include individual television screens, with Economy Class customers benefitting from inflight Wi-Fi and a television screen 10.6-inches wide, offering passengers the latest inflight entertainment comprised of up to 2,000 channels, all while experiencing the airline’s award-winning five-star service.
Gordon Strachan, Scotland national coach, said: "We are looking forward to playing our first-ever match against Qatar and I'm sure it will be a worthwhile occasion for both teams. Qatar are a developing football nation and their experience in the UK, training at St George's Park and playing ourselves and Northern Ireland, will be an invaluable experience for their future aspirations.
“From our point of view, it is essential that our players have some game time before the European Qualifier against Republic of Ireland, especially those in the Championship whose seasons finished as early as May 2.”