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QATAR AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES THE PATRONAGE OF HIS HIGHNESS THE EMIR OF QATAR AT THE UPCOMING IATA AGM

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to be patron of the 70th IATA AGM

Qatar Airways set to proudly host the global aviation event in Doha from 1 to 3 June

14 May 2014

Doha, Qatar – Qatar Airways graciously announce the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness 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 Hotel in Doha on the 1-3 June.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. 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 Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

The AGM, a critical aviation annual event, which is being held in Doha from 1st to 3rd June 2014, 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 (May 15), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami, USA (June 10, 2014), Haneda, Japan (June 18, 2014), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).

Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker and Mr. Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of IATA

For images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157644254853358/

Notes to Editors:

Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar. Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 134 aircraft flying to 138 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

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 14,000 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. The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport, in 2014. For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com