The coming months are a period of significant growth for Qatar Airways with its move to Hamad International Airport and the continued expansion of the young and growing fleet.
Qatar Airways yesterday announced the patronage of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for this year’s 70th International Air Transport Association (Iata) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, which will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Doha from June 1 to 3.
Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar al-Baker said, “We are honoured by the patronage of HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, which in itself highlights the significance of hosting such an important event. We await with great anticipation the opportunity to host such an important global aviation event in our home country. The coming months represent a period of significant progression for Qatar Airways, with our move to Hamad International Airport and the continued expansion of our young and growing fleet of aircraft. As such, this Iata AGM represents the perfect opportunity for us to showcase the State of Qatar and its importance as a global aviation hub.”
The AGM, a critical aviation annual event, is being hosted by Qatar Airways and represents just the fourth time the AGM has taken place in the Middle East in Iata’s history, with the event last hosted by Jordan in 1997.
More than 230 airlines around the world are members of Iata and the forthcoming AGM is expected to receive more than 1,000 senior aviation industry delegates as well as 200 international media representatives in Doha.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation. The airline currently operates a modern fleet of some 134 aircraft to 138 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways’ network will grow further with the addition of Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia (May 15), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28), Miami, US (June 10), Haneda, Japan (June 18), Dallas/Fort Worth, US (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).
Source: Gulf Times