His Excellency Akbar Al-Baker called it a ‘great honor’ to begin his role as 77th chair of IATA’s Board of Governors.

Akbar Al Baker (right)

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al-Baker, said he was 'honored' to become IATA's 77th Chairman as the organization's AGM drew to a close.

Alongside Al-Baker's formal appointment, it was announced that Korean Air will host the 75th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Seoul, South Korea from June 2-4, 2019.

Al-Baker has assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting in Sydney, Australia, and is the first Qatar Airways CEO to hold the position. 

“I am delighted to be here in Sydney and honored to be leading the IATA Board of Governors as Chairman for the year ahead,” said Al-Baker. 

To be nominated to such a prestigious leadership position in the industry is a great honor, made all the more pertinent in the difficult circumstances in which Qatar Airways currently operates

“To be nominated to such a prestigious leadership position in the industry is a great honor, made all the more pertinent in the difficult circumstances in which Qatar Airways currently operates.”

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO said IATA was delighted to have Seoul host its AGM in the same year that Korean Air will celebrate its 50th anniversary. 

“The aviation industry is looking forward to meeting in Seoul for the 75th IATA AGM,” he said. “South Korea has a great story to promote. Strategic planning and foresight has positioned the country as a global hub for transport and logistics. 

“I am confident that Korean Air will be a great host as Seoul is transformed into the capital of the global aviation industry during the AGM.”

IATA also announced that Carsten Spohr, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa, will serve as Chairman of the BoG from June 2019, following Al-Baker’s term. 

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