Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG) of prestigious global aviation industry body International Air Transport Association (IATA), effective June 2018.
Al Baker will succeed current IATA BoG Chairman Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines. The position that rotates on a yearly term will commence at the end of IATA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sydney and will continue until the end of its 2019 AGM..
Al Baker said, “I am honoured to have been chosen by my fellow board members to head this important body, at a time when the industry faces numerous challenges on a multitude of levels. To represent and lead the IATA Board of Governors is a tremendous privilege, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent an industry that plays such a vital role in the global economy.
“For more than two decades I have lived and breathed aviation, and I look forward to working alongside the Board of Governors to champion passenger rights and improve security standards across the industry, as well as continuing to promote the rights of freedom of flight for all.”
IATA embodies close to 275 airlines comprising 83 per cent of global air traffic. Mr Al Baker getting elected to this prestigious role is clearly derserving considering his greate leadership of Qatar Airways.
Under Al Baker Qatar Airways grew from a small regional carrier into a major global airline in a span of just 20 years. Under his leadership, Qatar Airways has become one of the worlds most highly-respected, rewarded and recognised airlines. The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its twentieth year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.
Despite some setback QA has been continuously been winning awards after awards for its service, safety and standard of quality in every aspect.
Qatar plans to expands its services in 2017 and the coming year by including Canberra, Australia; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Accra, Ghana; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Utapao, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh and Mombasa, Kenya, to name a few.