Qatar Airways will announce the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at this year’s 70th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, which will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Doha on the 1 to 3 June 2014.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, HE Akbar Al Baker, said:

We are honoured by the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which in itself highlights the significance of hosting such an important event. We await with great anticipation the opportunity to host such an important global aviation event in our home country, the State of Qatar. The coming months represent a period of significant progression for Qatar Airways, with our move to Hamad International Airport and the continued expansion of our young and growing fleet of aircraft. As such, this IATA AGM represents the perfect opportunity for us to showcase the State of Qatar and its importance as a global aviation hub.’

The AGM, a critical aviation annual event is being hosted by Qatar Airways and represents just the fourth time the AGM has taken place in the Middle East in IATA’s history, with the event last hosted by Jordan in 1997. More than 230 airlines around the world are members of IATA and the forthcoming AGM is expected to receive more than 1,000 senior aviation industry delegates, as well as 200 international media in Doha in attendance.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 138 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia (15 May 2014), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (22 May 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (28 May 2014), Miami, USA (10 June 2014), Haneda, Japan (18 June 2014), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (1 July 2014) and Djibouti (27 July 2014).