(31 Mar 2021)
Qatar Airways has renewed its sponsorship as the Official
Airline Partner to Orbis UK for a further three years.
The airline has been a supporter of Orbis and its
blindness prevention programmes since 2012.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, 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.”
people together to fight avoidable blindness through access to
quality eye care. Together with its partners, Orbis trains,
mentors, and inspires eye care professionals in places with the
greatest need to save and restore vision in their communities.
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is an unique aircraft
that supports the charity’s global effort to transform lives. The
world’s only fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on
board an MD-10 aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art
teaching facility complete with an operating room, classroom, and
recovery room for patients. On board, Orbis’ world-class medical
volunteers and clinical staff share their knowledge and expertise
with local eye care teams across the globe.
In March 2020, due to the COVID19 pandemic, Orbis
had to postpone its in-person Flying Eye Hospital programmes.
Whilst the Flying Eye Hospital is temporarily grounded, Orbis’
mission is not. Orbis quickly pivoted to provide virtual Flying
Eye Hospital programmes through their telemedicine platform
Cybersight, to ensure that eye care professionals could continue
to grow their skills.
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 i is safe to do so. Until this point, we remain
committed to supporting our partners virtually and through our
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