Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar
Al Baker, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Governors of
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.
Baker will succeed current IATA Board of Governors Chairman Mr. Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines.
“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,” said Mr. Al Baker. “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.
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