DOHA, Qatar, 25 May 2021: Oneworld global airline alliance
has appointed Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker to serve as
its chairman of the alliance’s governing board.
He will succeed the current oneworld governing board
chairman Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said:
“As we emerge from some of the most challenging times ever facing the global
airline industry, I am honoured to be chosen by my fellow board members to lead
the Governing Board for oneworld, an alliance that has continued to expand
since Covid-19 emerged, with the addition of two new members in Alaska Airlines
and Royal Air Maroc.
Under his leadership, Qatar Airways has grown into one of
the world’s most highly-awarded airlines with an extensive global network, with
plans to serve over 140 destinations by the end of July 2021. Qatar Airways
became a member of oneworld in October 2013.
The oneworld governing board comprises the CEOs of all the
alliance’s member airlines – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British
Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia
Airlines, Qantas, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan
Airlines, alongside Qatar Airways.