Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways


Willie Walsh

Qatar Airways

National carrier for the State of Qatar, operating a hub-and-spoke scheduled network based on the capital Doha, serving around eighty destinations in the Middle and Far East, Africa, Europe, Indian subcontinent and USA.

    Revenue (million) 3,505.0 USD (2009)
    Passengers (million) 10.2  (2009)
    Employees 10,819 (2009)
    Fleet 92 aircraft in service
    Destinations 100


Originally owned by members of the Qatari royal family, operating on a mainly regional schedule. Qatar Airways was relaunched in April 1997 by a new management team headed by the CEO Akbar Al Baker.

In November 2006, Qatar Airways was the first airline to open a commercial passenger terminal dedicated exclusively to its First and Business Class passengers at Doha International Airport

On 30 May 2007 Al Baker signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to become the launch customer for the Airbus A350XWB. Announced plans, In December 2010, to launch its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in early 2012.

In Pictures: Qatar Airways