05 February 2020, DOHA, Qatar – Under the patronage and attendance of H.E. Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, the first day of the CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit kicked off on Wednesday 5 February at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The summit, held in the presence of the President of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, His Excellency Mr. Abdulla bin Nasser Turki Al-Subaey, was attended by ambassadors, officials and senior executives from the aviation industry.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, delivered an inspiring keynote address on the first day of the conference in front of international delegates and decision-makers from across the aviation industry.
Speaking in the keynote address, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “The timing of this years’ summit is perfect to engage in fruitful discussions and constructive debate. More than ever, our industry continues to show great levels of resilience in the face of adversity and disruption. At the same time, we remain a positive and constructive voice in improving regulatory frameworks across regions, especially in the areas of sustainability and air liberalisation.
“One of my core beliefs is that a liberalised aviation sector can be a great catalyst for global economic and human development. At Qatar Airways, we believe in connecting people with no borders, only horizons.”
The CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit, taking place from 5-6 February, features more than 40 expert speakers from across the airline, legal and government sectors discussing the latest developments in international aviation regulation, both within the Gulf region and globally.
Key international industry speakers at the event include: Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker; IAG CEO, Mr. Willie Walsh; Coordinator for Transport and Tourism in European Parliament, Mr. José Ramón Bauzá Díaz; European Commission Director General Mobility and Transport, Mr. Henrik Hololei; IATA CEO and Director General, Mr. Alexandre de Juniac; Oman Aviation Group CEO, Mustafa Al Hinai; RwandAir CEO, Ms. Yvonne Manzi Makolo; U.S. Department of Transportation Director International Office of Aviation, Mr. Brian Hedberg; Malaysian Aviation Commission Director of Aviation Development, Mr. Germal Singh Khera; African Airlines Association Secretary General, Mr. Abderahmane Berthé; and AACO Secretary General, Mr. Abdul Wahab Teffaha.
CAPA – Centre for Aviation (CAPA), part of Aviation Week Network, is the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services covering worldwide developments. Established in 1990, CAPA’s platforms help the aviation sector and supplier businesses stay informed, remain connected to industry leaders and fuel inspiration to drive change. CAPA’s global C-level and corporate travel summits are held in key aviation markets around the world, attracting executive level speakers, attendees and leading stakeholders of the global commercial aviation industry. Aviation Week Network, the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defence industries, serving 1.7 million professionals around the world, is part of Informa Markets, a division of Informa PLC.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 170 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add Osaka, Japan; Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Accra, Ghana; Cebu, Philippines; Lyon, France; Trabzon, Turkey; Siem Reap, Cambodia and Luanda, Angola to its extensive network in 2020.