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Aircraft and carriers. Qatar Airways Group: CEO named as Governing Board Chairman of oneworld

The alliance continued to grow during pandemic period with entry by two new members

The Governing Board of the oneworld Alliance has appointed Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker as Chairman.

He succeeds Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who had served in the role since September 2018.

As Chairman of the oneworld Governing Board, Al Baker will oversee the alliance’s governance, chair oneworld’s Governing Board meetings and work closely with its CEO Rob Gurney and the alliance’s management team.

Having led Qatar Airways since its launch in 1997, Al Baker is the longest-serving CEO of a member airline. Under his leadership, Qatar Airways has grown into one of the world’s most highly-awarded airlines with an extensive global network, with plans to serve over 140 destinations by end of July 2021. The airline became a member of it in October 2013.

An influential figure in the global aviation industry, he served as Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors from June 2018 to June 2019. He has served on IATA’s Board of Governors since 2012. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation and a non-executive Director of Heathrow Airport Holdings. In addition, he serves as Secretary-General of Qatar National Tourism Council.

The alliance brings together 14 world-class airlines – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and more than 20 of their affiliates. Fiji Airways is its connect partner. 

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