Qatar Airways to sponsor Sydney Swans

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 23, 2016
Sydney Swans players and Qatar Airways staff pose on the Sydney Cricket Ground after announcing a new three-year sponsorship deal. (Sydney Swans/Twitter)
Sydney Swans players and Qatar Airways staff pose on the Sydney Cricket Ground after announcing a new three-year sponsorship deal. (Sydney Swans/Twitter)

Qatar Airways is the latest airline keen to be a part of the nation’s most popular sporting code with a new three-year sponsorship deal with Australian Football League club the Sydney Swans.

Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham said Qatar would be the club’s official international airline partner until the end of the 2019 season.

“This is a significant partnership for our football club and, as the airline’s own brand message suggests, we’re excited to be Going Places Together,” Pridham said in a statement.

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Pridham made the official announcement at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday alongside Qatar country manager for Australasia Adam Radwanski, Swans club chief executive Andrew Ireland, coach John Longmire and captain Kieren Jack.

While the Sydney Swans represents the oneworld alliance member’s first AFL sponsorship, Qatar is not the only airline with links to the AFL, with Virgin Australia the official sponsor of the league and with individual sponsorships with the Gold Coast Suns, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Carlton and West Coast.

Also, Emirates sponsors Collingwood and China Southern is a sponsor of the Melbourne Football Club.

Meanwhile, Virgin alliance partner and shareholder Etihad Airways is the naming rights sponsor of Etihad Stadium located in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.

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Qatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the new sponsorship continued the airline’s expansion in Australia, having launched new services to Sydney and Adelaide in 2016.

“We strongly believe in connecting with our global travellers through their passion for sport, and have been looking for the right partner for Qatar Airways in Australia’s sports arena,” Al Baker said in a statement.

“We look forward to sharing in our travellers’ love for football, supporting their commitment to the Sydney Swans and in building an even stronger brand connection with our Australian market through this multi-year partnership.”

In addition to the two new routes, Qatar also flies to Perth and Melbourne from its Doha hub.

The Swans sit on top of the AFL ladder with one round remaining before the finals series.

Qatar will feature in match day advertising at Sydney Swans home games as part of the sponsorship deal. (Sydney Swans/Twitter)

8 Comments

  • Chris

    says:

    The Sydney Swans show they are a one of the big clubs in Australian sport with this deal- brand wise surely number 1 in Australia now given everything they do including their huge supporter base.

  • Raelene

    says:

    I flew with Qatar Airways last year – great customer service. Good move sponsoring the Swans too!

  • The Big Elef

    says:

    Clever move by Qatar Airways- good branding and marketing to join with the Swans.

  • Farns

    says:

    Great sponsorship deal- go Swannies.

  • Ryan Hunt

    says:

    Smart move by the airline.

  • JARVO

    says:

    Why not? I don’t see an issue with this. Good for both.

  • Fog

    says:

    Yeah fair comments by all.

  • Johnny C

    says:

    I’m a long time client of Qatar Airways and am happy with this move. However go Bulldogs!

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