The governing board of the oneworld Alliance has appointed Qatar Airways Team chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, as Chairman.

He succeeds Qantas Group chief government, Alan Joyce, who experienced served in the role considering that September 2018.

Al Baker will oversee the alliance’s governance, chair oneworld’s governing board conferences and work intently with oneworld chief govt, Rob Gurney, and the alliance’s management crew.

Having led Qatar Airways since its start in 1997, Al Baker is the longest-serving main executive of a oneworld member airline.

Less than his leadership, Qatar Airways has grown into one particular of the world’s most remarkably-awarded airlines with an substantial world network, with plans to serve in excess of 140 places by conclusion of July.

Qatar Airways grew to become a member of oneworld in Oct 2013.

Al Baker, stated: “I am honoured to have been picked out by my fellow board associates to head the oneworld alliance governing board at a time when the business is struggling with its largest problem.

“To stand for and lead the oneworld alliance is a tremendous privilege, and I am grateful for the opportunity to stand for an alliance that has played a pivotal function in retaining world connectivity to support the transportation of necessary personnel, professional medical gear and support materials throughout the pandemic.”