Companies in the US are seen as “vital partners” in the development of sustainable technologies as part of Qatar Airways’ focus on sustainability, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker has said.
Speaking at the recently held ‘US-Qatar Business Programme’ virtual meeting hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce, al-Baker said the airline’s priority is to have as little impact on the environment as possible and to facilitate continued global travel and commerce, while limiting carbon emissions.
During the event, US Chamber of Commerce senior vice president for Middle East Affairs Khush Choksy and Greta Holtz, chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy in Qatar, welcomed al-Baker on behalf of the US business community and US government.
They commended Qatar Airways for its active partnerships with US companies and the work it has done to help Americans get home during the pandemic.
Al-Baker spoke of the strong relationship that Qatar and Qatar Airways enjoys with the US, acknowledging that many US companies have worked extensively with Qatar Airways and helped it become one of the leading airlines in the world.
The strong collaboration between Qatar Airways and US carriers has helped create thousands of jobs and provided Qatar Airways with the most modern and fuel-efficient fleet among legacy carriers.
Qatar Airways has over 10 direct routes to the US, recently opening its 11th destination gateway in Seattle and announcing the relaunch of its flight to Atlanta this June. Qatar Airways was the only airline to open a new route during the pandemic.
By the end of the year, it expects as many as 14 direct routes to the US, which will only serve to open more connections between the US and Qatar as international travel picks up post-pandemic.
Aviation was one of the hardest-hit sectors during the pandemic, and al-Baker said he does not see the industry fully recovering until 2024. Despite this, Qatar Airways has continued its passenger and cargo services…