DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, delivered a keynote speech today at the prestigious New York Times ‘Art for Tomorrow’ conference, held in Doha for the first time and addressed more than 150 international guests. The conference was chaired by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani.
The two-day conference, held at the W Hotel in Doha, explored the changing dynamics of art and architecture and their potential to change people and places. Bringing together guests from the arts, public and private sectors, the conference enabled those present to explore the links between art as a connector in society, with links to tourism, city planning and business development.
His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, spoke today highlighting the airline's role as a connector of people and the growing phenomenon of art tourism, and also detailing the crucial role that the Group's cargo business plays in transporting artwork around the world.
Mr. Al Baker commented: “Art is renowned and appreciated around the world as an inspiring pillar of society, connecting people to places in their universal appreciation of cultural experiences.
“Qatar is now recognised around the globe as a cultural hub and diverse location for the appreciation of art, not only from the world-class museums in our own country, but for the collaboration on major exhibitions brought to Qatar for display. We are proud as the national airline of Qatar to be specialists at transporting such fragile and renowned pieces around the world."
With five new destinations on the horizon (Amsterdam, Durban, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Multan), Qatar Airways will soon increase its global portfolio to 151 destinations across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, North America and South America. The carrier currently operates a modern fleet of 150 aircraft.
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Qatar Airways celebrated its one year anniversary, in October 2014, of joining the oneworld global alliance. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join this global airline alliance, enabling its passengers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures. The award-winning oneworld alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2014 by Skytrax for the second year running.
At the Farnborough Air Show, the airline placed an order for 100 Boeing 777X aircraft, taking Qatar Airways’ orders to more than 335 aircraft with a value of US $70 billion.
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