Published on : Wednesday, August 30, 2017
International Air Transport Association has elected Qatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker as its chairman of the board of governors and will take up the role from June next year.
Al Baker will be succeeding the current IATA chairman Goh Choon Phong who is the chief executive of Singapore Airlines.
Al Baker felt honoured to be chosen as the head of the global aviation body at a time when the industry is facing challenges on different levels.
Leading and representing the IATA board is a great opportunity and the aviation industry plays a vital role in the global economy.
He further added that over the past two decades he had been with aviation industry and is looking forward to work with other members of the board to champion passenger rights.
He wants to improve the security standards across the industry and continue to promote the rights of freedom of flight for all.
Around 275 airlines is represented by the IATA and it has 83 per cent of global air traffic.
Al Baker being one of the most significant figures in the international aviation transformed the Qatar Airways from a small regional carrier into a major global airlines within a short span of 20 years.