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DOHA, Qatar – Under the Patronage of His Highness The Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) Annual General Meeting (AGM) - hosted by Qatar Airways - will open tomorrow night, 5th of November, during the General Opening Ceremony to be held at Al Gassar Resort in Doha, Qatar.

Representing the Patron, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport, will deliver the opening address. Followed by AGM Chairman Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, and AACO Secretary General, Mr. Abdul Wahab Teffaha.

The AGM will continue on 6th – 7th November at the Doha Sheraton Resort & Convention Hotel. It is expected to attract more than 300 leaders in the Arab and global aviation industry.

Working Sessions of the AGM will be held on November 6th in the Sheraton’s Al Dafna Hall during which AACO Secretary General will present a report on the State of the Industry. Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) Director General, Mr. Mohammad Al Alj, will speak about the common issues between AACO and ACAC, while International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Executive Officer and Director General Tony Tyler will talk about issues concerning the global aviation industry. This will be followed by a closed working session dedicated for AACO members to discuss and decide on internal and administrative issues related to AACO’s work and common strategic issues between members.

A special afternoon discussion session is scheduled to be held on the same day with the participation of several esteemed speakers. Mr. Richard Quest, CNN anchor and correspondent, will moderate the session that will discuss the “Global Outlook of Arab Airlines”.

The General Meeting will conclude its work that day with a press conference featuring the AGM Chairman and AACO Secretary General, who will be available to answer questions of the media.  The following day, 7th November, is a networking day for attendees.

Established in 1965 by the Arab League of States and headquartered in Beirut, AACO is a non-profit organization gathering 30 Arab member airlines and aims to promote cooperation, quality and safety standards among its carriers. AACO as well works on enhancing human resources working in air transport through various training courses provided by AACO’s regional training center based in Amman, with a branch in Cairo. In addition, AACO coordinates extensively with regional and international organizations such as ICAO and IATA.

Notes to Editors:

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 in 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.

The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.

Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 family of aircraft. On 30 October 2013, Qatar Airways will join the oneworld global alliance. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com


For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com

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