Qatar Airways supports the Wild Boars, reuniting them with divers from the rescue team

Group experience five-star hospitality on board flight from Bangkok to London Heathrow

DOHA, Qatar � In recognition of a truly inspirational story of strength and survival, Qatar Airways proudly flew the Wild Boars football team, consisting of the 12 Thai children and their coach who were trapped inside a cave in Thailand for more than two weeks, from Thailand to London to take part in the 'Pride of Britain' 2018 awards ceremony. The group was accompanied by the two selfless British divers who were at the heart of their cave rescue.

During their stopover at Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha, the football team were met by Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) officials, who presented the boys with gift bags from QDF consisting of signed football jerseys and baseball caps. The group also had the chance to experience the five-star hospitality of Qatar Airways' home and hub, HIA, the award-winning airline's gateway to the world.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: Qatar Airways is very proud to support the Wild Boars football team on their trip from Thailand to the U.K. Their story is one of courage, strength and determination; they are inspirational children and we were delighted to be able to fly them to London for the awards ceremony.

We also look forward to welcoming them on board once again for their return trip home to Thailand, and are thrilled to be a part of the incredible journey these young people have taken over the course of the last few months.

The 12 children and their coach entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave network in Northern Thailand on 23 June. Within hours, the cave flooded and the boys were trapped inside without food or water. The world watched as a team of international diving experts led the mission to rescue them, evacuating the boys one by one. The last of the group, the coach, successfully exited the cave on 10 July, more than two weeks after they had entered.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named 'World's Best Business Class' by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named 'Best Business Class Seat', 'Best Airline in the Middle East' and 'World's Best First Class Airline Lounge'.

As part of its continued expansion plans, Qatar Airways plans to launch an array of exciting new destinations over the coming months, including Mombasa, Kenya; Gothenburg, Sweden and Da Nang, Vietnam.

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About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world's fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Mombasa, Kenya and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named 'World's Best Business Class' by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named 'Best Business Class Seat,' 'Best Airline in the Middle East,' and 'World's Best First Class Airline Lounge.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World's Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways' in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline's on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline's own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world's leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 15 Boeing 777 freighters and eight Airbus A330 freighters.

Source: Qatar Airways