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Qatar Airways welcomes global aviation leaders as they assemble in Doha for 70th IATA AGM

DOHA, Qatar - Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend the 70th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit hosted by Qatar Airways in Doha this week.

Taking place from 1-3 June, 2014, the event will take place under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

“Qatar will be at the epicenter of the airline industry this week as aviation leaders from around the world gather in Doha to discuss the critical issues of the moment, including safety, security and the environment, among others,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

“We are delighted to be hosting the AGM here in Doha as it will allow us to showcase our new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, the great strides that have been taken in developing our infrastructure and our renowned Qatari hospitality.”

IATA, which is the global association of the world’s airlines, draws together the CEOs and senior management of its 240 member airlines which carry 84% of global traffic.

They will be joined by leaders from across the spectrum of industry stakeholders including governments, partners in the value chain and other international organizations.

The AGM will include a number of key discussions, including a CEO forum composed of His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways, David Barger, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways, Ivan Chu, Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Pacific Airways, Andres Conesa Labastida, Chief Executive Officer, Aeromexico, and Willie Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, International Airlines Group, with CNN International Business Correspondent, Richard Quest as moderator.

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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 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).

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. 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 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

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