Qatar CEO to chair IATA


DOHA, Qatar, 29 August 2017: Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, has been elected chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association, effective June 2018.

The rotating one-year term will commence at the close of IATA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting in Sydney and will continue until the end of the 2019 AGM.

Al Baker will succeed current IATA BoG chairman, Goh Choon Phong, chief executive officer of Singapore Airlines.

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… (and) 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 represents some 275 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic.

Al Baker is one of the most recognisable figures in international aviation and a key player in the growth of Qatar Airways from a small regional carrier into a major global airline in just 20 years with a fleet of 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.

Qatar Airways will be adding flights to many more destinations through the last quarter of 2017 and 2018, including Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Accra, Ghana; Canberra, Australia and Chiang Mai, and U-tapao (Pattaya) in Thailand.