Hit for six: Qatar Airways partner with Royal Challengers Bangalore

Team photo of Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket team.
Photo Credit: Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways have announced their partnership with club cricket giants – the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), becoming the Indian Premier League (IPL) team’s Official Front of Jersey Partner.

Indian Premier 2023 season

The Indian Premier 2023 season is set to take place between 31 March – 28 May, with the Bengaluru based cricket team playing their opening match on 2 April against the Mumbai Indians.   

In the presence of 40,000 fans, RCB’s home arena – the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, hosted a special “Unboxing Event” that featured cricket legends, celebrities, team officials and the likes of cricket superstars Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Glen Maxwell.

Fans watched the RCB squad train in an entertaining atmosphere, after which the Qatar Airways cabin crew greeted the team during a special jersey unveiling ceremony.

The airline’s leisure division – Qatar Airways Holidays, is exclusively launching all-inclusive travel packages, allowing cricket fans to attend an IPL match at the bespoke Qatar Airways hospitality lounge at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

In addition, the packages will enable fans to partake in exclusive experiences such as viewing practice sessions, signed memorabilia, player meet and greet, photo opportunity with Virat Kholi, and more.

Ultimate RCB fan packages

The Ultimate RCB Fan packages include return flights with Qatar Airways, premium hotel options, IPL tickets and exciting experiences. To secure packages, customers can visit this dedicated link.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said:  “We embark on a new journey with the addition of the Royal Challengers Bangalore to our extensive sports portfolio.”

“The team has a passionate fanbase and a well-represented list of cricket legends that have played for the team. Cricket is a global game with a world-wide audience and is a powerful means of uniting people of different backgrounds.”

“From start to end, our RCB packages will take the fan experience to the next level with a seamless journey to witness world-class cricket and entertainment.”

“Qatar Airways regards India as an important market where we operate non-stop flights from 13 Indian cities.”

“We are excited to partner with RCB over the next three years in what we trust will be a successful alliance.”

Royal Challengers Bangalore comment

Chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chief Commercial Officer of Diageo India, Prathmesh Mishra, responded by saying:

“We are thrilled at the potential of the RCB – Qatar Airways partnership. The synergies between both brands serve as a robust platform to build a very strong marketing association over the next three years and beyond.”

“Qatar Airways has a strong demonstrative history of activating world class sports marketing partnerships and we hope the RCB partnership is just as successful.”

“The partnership and its activation will be a benchmark in the Indian sports ecosystem and adds to the aspiration of RCB on its pathway to becoming a global cricketing powerhouse and a lifestyle brand.”

The 2023 Indian Premier League, is also known as TATA IPL 2023, and will be the 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a franchise Twenty20 cricket league in India. It is owned and operated by Board of Control for Cricket in India.

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