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Qatar Airways CEO joins IATA board of governors

Monday, December 11, 2023

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Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, the CEO of Qatar Airways Group, has been chosen as a member of the Board of Governors for the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA serves as the global trade association for airlines worldwide, representing approximately 83% of total air traffic with its 320 member airlines. The primary mission of IATA is to advocate for the interests of airlines across the world, leading and serving the airline industry.

Engr. Badr Al-Meer’s appointment allows him to contribute to shaping the future of safe, secure, and sustainable air transport. He will collaborate with fellow members to enhance global connectivity through air travel. His extensive expertise in the aviation sector will also be put to use as a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO).

AACO is a regional association that represents 34 Arab airlines. Its mission revolves around promoting cooperation among member airlines in various areas, including aero-political affairs, environmental sustainability, and training through its regional training center. Engr. Badr Al-Meer’s experience in the aviation industry will be invaluable in AACO’s efforts to collaborate with regional and international organizations, governments, airlines, manufacturers, and service providers.

Engr. Badr Al-Meer assumed the role of Qatar Airways Group CEO on November 5, 2023, after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport for over a decade. During his tenure at HIA, which is Qatar’s premier global hub airport and gateway to the world, he played a vital role in leading significant airport projects. One notable project was the expansion project known as “The Orchard,” featuring a stunning tropical garden at the center of the terminal expansion, along with top-notch dining and luxury shopping options that redefined the airport experience. This expansion project, considered one of Doha’s most challenging engineering endeavors, was completed ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

From 2018 to 2020, Engr. Badr Al-Meer served as a Board Director of the Airports Council International in the Asia/Pacific Region, where his expertise contributed to future airport development and sustainability.

His leadership was instrumental in Hamad International Airport receiving several industry awards, including the prestigious ‘Best Airport in the World’ accolade from Skytrax in 2021 and 2022, showcasing the organization’s capabilities and dedication.

Throughout his career, Engr. Badr Al-Meer has played pivotal roles in some of Qatar’s most iconic projects. As the Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport (HIA) since 2014, he oversaw critical divisions such as MATAR (Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management), Qatar Duty-Free, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Qatar Distribution Centre, Dhiafatina, and real estate. His outstanding track record in construction and large-scale project development positions him uniquely to lead Qatar Airways Group into an exciting new era characterized by innovation and a united, motivated workforce.

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