General Travel News

Qatar Airways CEO voted onto IATA Board

Beijing, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has been voted onto the Board of Governors of the global aviation industry body, International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Al Baker was selected by fellow airline executives attending IATA’s annual World Air Transport Summit in Beijing this week. His is a newly-created position to increase representation for Middle East carriers on the revamped 10-member IATA board.

IATA is an international trade body, created over 60 years ago by a group of airlines. Today, the international body represents the interests of over 240 airlines comprising around 85 per cent of total air traffic.

Last year at the IATA summit in Singapore, Al Baker was vocal about the structure of IATA, its lack of transparency and questionable auditing processes. He also highlighted the lack of fair and equal representation of airlines from the Middle East on IATA’s Board of Governors.

“I have been lobbying IATA to be more transparent and have a structure where it speaks on behalf of all airline members and not just for a few,” said Al Baker, speaking in China’s capital city.

“The old guard at IATA has gone and I am delighted to have been voted onto the Board of Governors and assure IATA members, both in my region and around the world that I will do my utmost to serve in the interests of the airline industry as a whole.”

Added Al Baker: “I am delighted that IATA, now under a new leadership, has understood my concerns and acted accordingly to reflect the demands for greater transparency and improved membership representation on the IATA board.”
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operation under the leadership of Al Baker. The airline currently operates a modern fleet of 109 aircraft to 116 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Since the beginning of the year, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), and now Baghdad, with many more destinations planned during 2012.

Over the next few months, Qatar Airways launched services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Perth, Australia (July 3); Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (July 25); Mombasa, Kenya (August 15); Yangon, Myanmar (October 3) and a date yet-to-be-announced to the Serbian capital Belgrade.

More General Travel News
Dinner with a view at At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
Six year old invited to try Etihad flight simulator
Turkish Kebab Festival in Riyadh
Latest Travel News
Emirates launches US$15 million campaign...
Six year old invited to try Etihad fligh...
Turkish Kebab Festival in Riyadh...
Featured Sights To See
East Garden

East Garden

Tokyo, Japan

This is one of Tokyo’s most gorgeous gardens. It is located near the Imperial Palace and spread across over 50 acres of land. Traditionally known as Higashi Gyoen, the garden looks splendid when cherry blossoms, irises and other beautiful flowers and trees are in full bloom. Like other traditional Japanese gardens; ponds, cobblestone pathways, winding tracks dot the garden. Honmaru or the inner ci...

Kok-tobe/Koktyube Recreational Area

Kok-tobe/Koktyube Recreational Area

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Address: Kök-Töbe (Green Hill) on the mountainside, southeastern suburb of Almaty A large recreational space on the foothills of the Zailysky Alatau Mountains, Kok Tobe has the perfect vantage points for observing the city at a distance, especially during the night time. Looking at the panoramic cityscape below you with all its glittering lights, with the winter winds howling in your ears while...

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Founded in 1998, this is a comprehensive museum dedicated to art in the Islamic world.  It is one of just a few museums dedicated solely to Islamic art, and perhaps the best.  The building itself is elegantly designed and decorated.  There are five different domes.  In the entrance hall is an inverted dome, adorned with arabesque and gilded cartouches.  While the focus is on Malaysia, there ...

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

Istanbul, Turkey

Dolmabahçe Palace served as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1887, and again from 1909 until the end of the caliphate in 1924.  It was constructed on landfill (the name means ‘filled-up garden’) and took thirteen years to complete.  In the early years of the Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk used the palace as his summer residence.  He died here in 1938.&n...