DOHA, Qatar – The 70th IATA (International Air Transport Association) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Transport Summit 2014 concluded on a high note in Doha on Tuesday after a series of successful rounds of deliberations, key resolutions, negotiations and agreements were passed.
The event held for the first time in the Gulf region was heralded as a great success by IATA officials, senior airline management and the international media who attended the three-day conference in Doha.
Qatar Airways was widely praised for hosting a memorable and engaging conference and the airline’s Chief Executive Officer and President of this year’s IATA AGM, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker was applauded for his insight and guidance. Prominent issues discussed included aviation safety, financial viability and environmental sustainability.
The 70th IATA AGM included a number of key discussions, and a CEO forum composed of His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, CEO Qatar Airways (third from left); Ivan Chu, CEO Cathay Pacific Airways (first from left); David Barger, CEO JetBlue Airways (fourth from left); Willie Walsh, CEO International Airlines Group (fifth from left); and Andres Conesa Labastida, CEO Aeromexico (sixth from left), with CNN International Business Correspondent, Richard Quest as moderator (second from left).
During a closing press briefing on the last day of the AGM, Qatar Airways was recognised for its innovation in passenger comfort by being awarded the Fast Travel Green Award by IATA.
IATA welcomed and recognised the participation of Qatar Airways and the newly opened Hamad International Airport in two key industry programs that will help in enhancing security and passenger convenience.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and Tony Tyler, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and Chief Executive Officer, together with the IATA Board of Governors at the 70th IATA AGM in Doha.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Tony Tyler, International Air Transport Association Director General and Chief Executive Officer, and Angela Gittens, Director General Airports Council International, signing confirmation of Qatar Airways’ and Hamad International Airport’s participation in two key pilot programmes, Smart Security and Fast Travel.
Addressing the visiting delegates, Mr. Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is immensely proud to have hosted this year’s IATA AGM. It was just one year ago in Cape Town that we gathered for this Forum, and now the 70th IATA AGM has finally become a reality being held in Doha and the Gulf Region for the very first time.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to have all the senior aviation representatives in Doha and we sincerely hope the agreements and resolutions passed will help in further strengthening our industry.
“With the expansion of the aviation industry and the ever-growing aircraft manufacturing sector, we have together made travel easily accessible for the masses. Together we have opened up borders and air bridges making ways for enriched business and cultural exchanges.
“Qatar Airways is a strong supporter of IATA and this year’s AGM has been a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our Qatari hospitality, together with the new infrastructural developments in our country, such as our new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport,” added Mr. Al Baker.
Among the many events held during the three day conference was a high profile CEO Forum featuring His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways; Ivan Chu, Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Pacific Airways; David Barger, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways; Willie Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, International Airlines Group; and Andres Conesa Labastida, Chief Executive Officer, Aeromexico, with CNN International Business Correspondent, Richard Quest as moderator.
Qatar Airways, the State of Qatar’s national airline, 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 141 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 new routes to Miami, USA (June 10, 2014), Tokyo Haneda, Japan (June 18, 2014), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, is pictured cutting the cake with Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer and Makoto Natsume, President and CEO of Narita International Airport, at the 70th IATA Annual General Meeting.
Fireworks at the opening of the 70th IATA AGM in Doha
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Notes to Editors:
On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France, last June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.
During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft – a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters. In total the airline has 300 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion. For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.
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