Qatar Airways Renews Partnership with Orbis UK

The award winning airline has renewed its sponsorship as 'Official Airline Partner' to Orbis UK for a further three years.

The Qatar Airways group has been a proud supporter of our blindness prevention programmes since 2012 and will continue to support us until 2024.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is proud to strengthen its partnership with Orbis UK for another three years as Official Airline Partner – a further testament of our unwavering commitment to giving back and supporting the global community. We recognise that the gift of sight empowers individuals to reach their full potential, and we remain steadfast supporters of the fight against avoidable blindness through our partnership with Orbis UK.”

Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex and His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker - 2015

In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone our in-person Flying Eye Hospital programmes. Whilst the Flying Eye Hospital is temporarily closed, our mission is not. We quickly pivoted to provide virtual Flying Eye Hospital programmes through our telemedicine platform Cybersight, to ensure that eye care professionals could continue to grow their skills.

Our telemedicine platform Cybersight, keeps us connected to medical professionals across the globe

Orbis UK Trustee, Dr. Robert Walters said: “For nine years, the Qatar Airways Group has been a generous supporter of our organisation and we’re proud to continue onto this next stage of our partnership. Thanks to Qatar Airways’ renewed support, the Orbis team will have access to free flights to programmes to continue the fight against avoidable blindness in person when it is safe to do so. Until this point, we remain committed to supporting our partners virtually and through our in-country programmes.”

Dr Robert Walters speaks about the devastating impact of avoidable blindness

Qatar Airways recently became the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. This follows HIA’s recent success as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These recognitions provides assurance to passengers across the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment.

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