Qatar Airways announced that Scotland and Qatar will compete for the Qatar Airways Cup at Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh on Friday, June 5, 2015.
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 its last two international matches against Algeria and then Slovenia, will be keen to continue its winning momentum.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive 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, and our ongoing commitment to Scotland by supporting this international friendly match in 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.
Scotland National Coach Gordon Strachan 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 is a developing football nation and its 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.”