(23 May 2021)
The Governing Board of the oneworld global airline
alliance has appointed Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group
Chief Executive, as Chairman.
As Chairman of the oneworld Governing Board, Mr.
Al Baker will oversee the alliance’s governance, chair oneworld’s
Governing Board meetings and work closely with oneworld CEO Rob
Gurney and the alliance’s management team.
Mr. Al Baker succeeds current oneworld Governing
Board Chairman Mr. Alan Joyce, Group CEO of Qantas Group, who has
held the position since 2018.
“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 COVID19 emerged, with the addition of
two new members in Alaska Airlines and Royal Air Maroc,” said Mr.
Akbar Al Baker. “I look forward to serving as Chairman of the
Governing Board and working with our alliance partners, oneworld
CEO Rob Gurney and the oneworld team to provide more global
connectivity, a seamless travel experience and more valuable
loyalty offerings for our passengers.”
Having led Qatar Airways since its launch in 1997,
Mr. Al Baker is the longest-serving CEO of a oneworld member
An influential figure in the global aviation
industry, Mr. Al Baker served as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors from June 2018 to
June 2019. He has served on IATA’s Board of Governors since 2012.
He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air
Carriers Organisation and a non-executive Director of Heathrow
Airport Holdings. In addition, he serves as Secretary-General of
Qatar National Tourism Council.
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 became a member of oneworld in
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