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Qatar Airways CEO Honoured With Achievement Award

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has been recognised for his role in the airline’s long-term contribution to the economic growth of Qatar at the Leaders in Aviation Awards held at the Grand Hyatt Doha.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, marked the beginning of this year’s Doha Aviation Summit. Chairman of Qatar Civil Aviation Authority H.E Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Noaimi presented an award trophy to Al Baker during the evening’s proceedings.

Since 1997, Al Baker has been at the helm of Qatar’s national carrier, guiding the airline from being a small regional operation to Qatar Airways becoming widely recognised as among the world’s top airlines. Al Baker was duly delighted to receive the recognition: “It is with pride that I serve my country to help develop a national airline that truly is Qatar’s first global brand,” he said.

“Thirteen years ago, I was given a mandate by His Highness The Emir – Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani – to create a national airline with one goal – to be the best on the global stage. It has been a remarkable journey since 1997. Year on year, Qatar Airways has pushed the boundaries in the aviation industry achieving what many airlines have been unable to do.”

The awards ceremony was part of a welcome reception and networking dinner to start the second instalment of the Doha Aviation Summit, a three-day meeting that brought together senior executives from across the airline, airport and general aviation industries to discuss themes and topics relating to the region and the global industry as a whole.

This year’s summit, which included Al Baker speaking on a panel discussion, focused on aviation industry predictions for the coming 12 months, as well as operational issues ranging from human resource management through to alternative fuels. A special presentation on the New Doha International Airport was also a highlight of the programme.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 91 aircraft to 94 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

During a four-month period from October 2010, the airline’s passenger route network will rise to almost 100 destinations. The additions of Phuket (October 12), Hanoi (November 1), Nice (November 24), Bucharest (January 17), Budapest (January 17), Brussels (January 31) and Stuttgart (March 9) will strengthen the airline’s network further.

Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013, by which time its global network will rise to 120 destinations. The airline has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family of aircraft, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The carrier has aircraft orders for more than 200  jets worth over US$40 billion pending delivery and is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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