Qatar Airways has commenced its three-year partnership as the ‘Official Airline Partner’ and Qatar Airways Cargo as the ‘Official Cargo Airline Partner’ of MotoGP.
The multi-year partnership is built upon the success of the first Grand Prix title sponsored by Qatar Airways, which took place in 2023, and the most recent 2024 edition which took place from March 8 to 10.
As Official Cargo Airline of the MotoGP, Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s number one cargo carrier, will provide air transport of race and bike equipment for all MotoGP races around the world.
Announced on the eve of the 2024 French Grand Prix, the partnership builds on the success of the season opener at Qatar’s Lusail International Circuit.
The signing ceremony took place prior to the start of the Qatar Airways Grand Prix 2024, featuring HE the Minister of Sports and Youth Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani, Qatar Airways Group CEO Badr Mohamed al-Meer, Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports (MotoGP rights holder), Abdulrahman bin Abdullatif al-Mannai, President, Qatar Motor and Motorsport Federation and Lusail International Circuit.
Al-Meer said: “Qatar continues to demonstrate its commitment to being a prominent hub for motorsports, and our new partnership with MotoGP only propels us forward. The Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar was the perfect season opener for us to welcome this unique partnership that combines the worlds of aviation and motorsports.”
Mark Drusch, Chief Officer (Cargo) at Qatar Airways Cargo added: “As the largest air cargo carrier in the world, operating an extensive global network on a young modern fleet and bespoke charter solutions in place, we meet the requirements to be dedicated air cargo carrier for the MotoGP.”
Ezpeleta said: “MotoGP is a global sport and to move across the world as we do, a partner like Qatar Airways has overwhelming value for our personnel, our freight and the whole paddock. There is no better partner to become the official airline of MotoGP.”
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