Akbar Al Baker to Step Down as CEO of Qatar Airways Group

Qatar Airways CEO H.E Akbar Al Baker
Photo Credit: Qatar Airways

In breaking news, Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways Group, is set to relinquish his role on November 5, 2023, marking the end of a remarkable 27-year tenure at the helm of one of the world’s leading airlines.

It is understood that a new appointee to the lead role will be announced by the Qatari government soon.

A Visionary Leader’s Legacy

During his lengthy period at the helm of the major carrier, Akbar Al Baker has steered Qatar Airways through a period of remarkable transformation.

Fleet and Network Expansion

One of the defining features of Al Baker’s leadership was the significant expansion of the airline’s fleet and network. Qatar Airways’ fleet grew both in terms of size and quality, with state-of-the-art aircraft equipped with cutting-edge technology.

This expansion has allowed the airline to reach more destinations and serve an even larger audience worldwide. Mr. Al Baker introduced the award winning Qsuite in March 2017.


An Award-Winning Airline

A testament to the airline’s excellence under Akbar Al Baker’s direction is the impressive collection of awards and accolades the carrier has garnered during his tenure in the lead role.

Qatar Airways has consistently been recognized for its top-notch service, impeccable in-flight experiences, and a commitment to innovation that sets it apart in the fiercely competitive aviation industry.

Akbar Al Baker, known for his outspoken and dynamic personality, has been a trailblazer in the aviation sector.


Al Baker’s relentless pursuit of excellence has set a high standard for the entire industry to follow. His strategic decisions and passion for perfection have made Qatar Airways a beacon of innovation and quality in the aviation world.

The upcoming departure leaves a notable void in both Qatar Airways Group and the aviation industry as a whole. His influence and charisma have been integral to the airline’s success, making the choice of his successor a decision of great importance.

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