Jun 5, 2018

Only a man can run an airline, says Qatar boss

The airline industry wants to attract more women, but no one seems to have told the trade body's new chairman. Akbar Al Baker, International Air Transport Association chair and chief executive of Qatar Airways, said his job could only be done by a man. He said Qatar Airways was the first carrier in the Middle East to have female pilots and that the company had women in senior roles. It's not the first time that the Qatar Airways boss has sparked controversy. Alan Joyce, the gay chief executive of Qantas Airways who campaigned for marriage equality in Australia, had sat next to Mr Baker at a session on the topic.

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