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Qatar Airways Names New CEO After Al Baker Announces Resignation

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After 27 years with the Doha-based airline, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker shared earlier today, October 23, 2023, that he would be stepping down from his position as Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways as of November 5, 2023.

“Under H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker’s leadership, Qatar Airways has grown to become one of the most recognizable and trusted brands globally, synonymous with customer service quality and the highest of standards. The national carrier of the State of Qatar has achieved an unprecedented seven-times win of the “World’s Best Airline” award, and its state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, which is under its management and operation, has also been recognized as the “World’s Best Airport,” said a press release from the airline.

Here’s everything you need to know about Mr. Al Baker’s departure and who will step in to take the reins of the airline.

Qatar Airways Announces a New CEO

One of the most outspoken personalities in the airline industry, Mr. Al Baker undeniably left a mark on the airline he helmed for almost 30 years and thrust Qatar’s national carrier to the very top of the industry.

His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. Image Credit: Qatar Airways

Under his leadership, Qatar Airways made significant strides in making remarkable progress in enhancing the passenger experience — whether they’re sitting in economy on a long-haul flight, indulging in the carrier’s premium cabins, or simply passing through the airline’s hub in Doha.

He led the airline on an ambitious expansion plan that saw its route network grow substantially and its home base in Doha become a major connection point between the Americas and Europe and the rest of the world.

Today, the airline is a leader in the industry and often sets the standard for what it means to be a successful carrier in the 21st century.

Qatar Airways officially announced on October 23, 2023, that Mr. Al Baker will be succeeded by Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Badr Mohammed Al-Meer. Image Credit: Qatar Airways

The airline did not provide many details regarding the reasoning behind Mr. Al Baker’s departure, though notably, there isn’t much time between this announcement and when his tenure will end on November 5. It’s probable that he is simply retiring, as he led the airline — quite successfully — for nearly 3 decades and had an evident passion for its continued success.

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Learn more about Qatar Airways in our full review of the airline.

Final Thoughts

Akbar Al Baker has been a force in the airline industry for a very long time, propelling his airline to become one of the most formidable commercial aviation players in the world. After 27 years, he will be stepping down as of November 5, 2023, and will be replaced by Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, the current Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Qatar Airways is no doubt stepping into a new chapter, and we’re eager to see where the airline goes from here!

About Nick Ellis

Nick’s passion for points began as a hobby and became a career. He worked for over 5 years at The Points Guy and has contributed to Business Insider and CNN. He has 14 credit cards and continues to leverage the perks of each.


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