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Qatar Airways Chief Delivers Keynote Debate at CAPA Event

QR presscon in Sydney

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, delivered a keynote debate to leading aviation experts and executives from around the world at a Centre for Aviation (CAPA) event in Sydney, addressing the crowd on Qatar Airways’ resilience on the anniversary of the illegal blockade against the Gulf state.

Following on from the close of this year’s IATA AGM in Sydney, Al Baker took part in the lively on-stage debate alongside Willie Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of International Airlines Group (IAG), of which Qatar Airways is a shareholder.

The CAPA industry events concluded a busy week for Al Baker, who also assumed the elected position of Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors, an industry body representing 280 airlines and comprising 83% of global air traffic. He will hold the position until the close of the IATA 2019 AGM.

Al Baker hosted an international press briefing, highlighting to international media the importance of fair and transparent regulation in the aviation industry, on a date most pertinent as it marked the first anniversary of the illegal blockade against the State of Qatar by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

In his speech, Al Baker said that events like these are crucial to bring leaders from all over the world and enable face-to-face discussion and debate. He said that in his capacity as chairman, he will continue to champion such open debate in the name of fairness and regulation in the aviation sector.

From its home and hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

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