Jun 6, 2018

Qatar Airways chief 'apologises' for 'sexist' comment

The boss of Qatar Airways has apologised for saying that a woman could not do his job. Akbar Al Baker said on Tuesday that the airline had to be led by a man "Because it is a very challenging position". Mr al Baker added that his remarks were taken out of context and blown out of proportion by the media. His original comments were made at the annual conference in Sydney of the aviation industry's trade body, the International Air Transport Association, only six of whose 280 airline members have female chief executives. Asked at Tuesday's news conference about female employment among Middle East airlines and whether his job could be done by a woman, Mr al Baker said: "Of course it has to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position".

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