Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker Featured as Guest Speaker at the 21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policy Makers Conference in Washington D.C. Airline CEO's Address Profiled Qatar's Impact In GCC's Thriving Aviation Sector

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker delivered a key address at The 21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policy Makers Conference, which took place today in Washington D.C.

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Addressing policymakers, students, intelligence officials, and governmental leaders, Mr. Al Baker shared his insights on Qatar Airways and its unique position as a global player in aviation, the economic drivers for Qatar, and as a geopolitical ally for the prosperous GCC region (comprising of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar).

The topic of Al Baker's speech was the 'Unprecedented Emergence of the Aviation Sector in the GCC'.

The GCC region stands apart as a fertile ground for aviation competition — spurring new alliances, route expansions, and uncompromising service standards. The GCC's draw as a tourist destination and economic hub continues to fuel the region's unprecedented growth on the world stage.

Al Baker's speech also covered Doha's confident outlook on the future, as directed by Qatar's Instrumental National Vision 2030. Its four pillars for sustainability: economic, social, human, and environmental.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 111 aircraft to 119 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).

Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Maputo, Mozambique (October 31); Belgrade, Serbia (November 20); Warsaw, Poland (December 5), Gassim, Saudi Arabia (7 January 2013); Najaf, Iraq (January 23); and Chicago, USA (April 10).

Notes to Editors:

Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. In addition to winning Skytrax's prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the second consecutive year in 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com

About The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Founded in 1983, the National Council is an American educational, non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. It endeavors to do this through leadership development, people-to-people programs, academic seminars, an annual Arab-U.S. policymakers' conference, specialized publications, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study abroad and Arabic language learning experiences as well as intensive year-round and summer university student internships combined with an academic seminar in the nation's capital.

For further information
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: 202-719-0922
E-mail: usamedia@us.qatarairways.com / Website: www.qatarairways.com/us

SOURCE Qatar Airways



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