Akbar Al Baker was born in Doha, Qatar. He is currently the GCEO of Qatar Airways. Al-Baker also leads the development of the Hamad International Airport, which opened its phase one in May 2014. Al-Baker holds a degree in Economics & Commerce which he gained in India.



»» Akbar Al Baker has been instrumental in shaping the development of Qatar Airways into one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed airlines in the world – named Airline of the Year 2012, for the second consecutive year, by global industry audit Skytrax.

»» He worked at various levels in the Civil Aviation Directorate before becoming Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer in 1997.

»» Mr. Al Baker has spearheaded the growth of Qatar Airways, which operated only four aircraft in a regional capacity prior to his appointment. Qatar Airways currently flies a modern fleet more than 130 aircraft to more than 140 destinations across six continents.

»» He is also leading the development of the multi-billion dollar Hamad International Airport project, which open its first phase in May 2014 and is now home to Qatar Airways.

»» Mr Al Baker is a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is a non-executive Director of Heathrow Airport Holdings. AACO is the organisation responsible for the development of the airline industry in the Arab world, IATA is the world regulatory body of airlines, and HAH is the company responsible for the running and development of UK’s largest airport.

»» A highly motivated individual, Mr. Al Baker has been a successful businessman in Doha for more than 25 years, holds a private pilot licence, and is also Group Chief Executive of several divisions of Qatar’s national airline – these being Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty Free Company, Doha International Airport, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Executive, Oryx Rotana Hotel and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company.


Akbar Al Baker Message

I am delighted to say that Qatar Airways has achieved our main goal to be the best in the world and reach the pinnacle of the airline industry for outstanding in-flight service, superior onboard products, and operational excellence – a proud honour for me as Group Chief Executive, for my workforce, and for my country.

Part of this excellence is offering you a 5-Star travel experience online at the newly-relaunched qatarairways.com where you can book flights and search for information on the airline.

The new site also features the highest levels of price transparency, a new flight deals section, and an easier navigation tool to find the information at your fingertips. Whether you’re just beginning to plan your trip online or collecting your baggage after your return journey, you can expect a great experience all the way with Qatar Airways.

We always aim to excel in everything we do and to be considered best in the world is a tremendous achievement in our young history.
We look forward to welcoming you onboard.