Qatar Airways group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, has been elected chairman of the board of governors of body International Air Transport Association (IATA), effective June 2018.
The rotating one-year term will commence at the end of IATA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sydney and will continue until the end of its 2019 AGM.
Al Baker will succeed current IATA BoG chairman Goh Choon Phong, chief executive officer of Singapore Airlines.
Al Baker said: “I am honoured to have been chosen by my fellow board members to head this important body, at a time when the industry faces numerous challenges on a multitude of levels.
“To represent and lead the IATA Board of Governors is a tremendous privilege, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent an industry that plays such a vital role in the global economy.
“For more than two decades I have lived and breathed aviation, and I look forward to working alongside the Board of Governors to champion passenger rights and improve security standards across the industry, as well as continuing to promote the rights of freedom of flight for all.”
IATA represents some 275 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic. Under the leadership of Al Baker, Qatar Airways grew from a small regional carrier into a global airline in 20 years, along the way winning Skytrax Airline of the Year four times.