Akbar Al Baker
Akbar Al Baker was born in Doha, Qatar. He is currently the GCEO of Qatar Airways. Al-Baker also leads the development of the Hamad International Airport, which opened its phase one in May 2014. He studied Economics and Commerce in India.
Al-Baker became Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways in 1997. Prior to this appointment he worked at the Civil Aviation Directorate of Qatar. He is also the former Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority. He is CEO of several divisions of Qatar's national airline, including Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty Free Company, Doha International Airport, Internal Media Services, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company and a member of the Board of Governors of IATA (International Air Transport Association).
Akbar Al Baker has been instrumental in shaping the development of Qatar Airways into one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed airlines in the world – named Airline of the Year 2012, for the second consecutive year, by global industry audit Skytrax.
Mr. Al Baker has spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways, which operated only four aircraft in a regional capacity prior to his appointment. Qatar Airways currently flies a modern fleet more than 130 aircraft to more than 140 destinations across six continents.
He is also leading the development of the multi-billion dollar Hamad International Airport project, which open its first phase in May 2014 and is now home to Qatar Airways.
Mr Al Baker is a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is a non-executive Director of Heathrow Airport Holdings. AACO is the organisation responsible for the development of the airline industry in the Arab world, IATA is the world regulatory body of airlines, and HAH is the company responsible for the running and development of UK’s largest airport.
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