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Webinar: In Conversation With Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker – Simple Flying

Simple Flying is delighted to invite you to participate in the next webinar in our series. This event will take place online on May 26th at 14:00 BST and will feature Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, in a candid conversation with Joanna Bailey, Managing Editor of Simple Flying.

We’ll talk to Mr Al Baker about Qatar’s resilience to continue flying throughout the pandemic, and what’s in store for the rest of 2021. We’ll discuss fleet plans, past and present, Qatar’s partnership strategies, its continued focus on sustainability, and much more. Join us for an in-depth look into this Middle Eastern powerhouse later this month.

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Our webinar is free for all to attend, but spaces are limited. Register here to secure your place.

Flying through the pandemic

As the pandemic bit in March last year, the Qatari government suspended all incoming flights.

Despite this, Qatar Airways continued to fly, operating cargo and transit flights, as well as performing vital repatriation missions. By June 2020, it was the largest carrier in the world. It had repatriated more than 1.8 million passengers and transported more than 175,000 tons of medical aid.

Qatar continued to fly, even through the most difficult moments. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Over the next few months, more and more destinations were reinstated to the Qatar Airways network. From the US to Europe, Australia to Africa, Qatar flew with confidence into the face of the pandemic. By September, 650 weekly flights to 90 destinations were back on the map, making Qatar the most well-connected airline in the world.

As the new year rolled around, the longstanding blockade was finally lifted, allowing Qatar Airways to route more directly and to add more connections to its network.

As we look to the future, Qatar Airways continues to be an exciting airline to watch. More than 140 destinations are planned for summer this year, and beyond that, new aircraft, new cabin products, and new…

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