Qatar Airways CEO slams IATA audit

Qatar Airways CEO slams IATA audit

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways accused IATA of being ‘run for the few, by the few’ at the AGM in Singapore earlier this week. Baker joined British Airways and Emirates in calls for the association to be more transparent about its voting processes following its 2010 financial statement, which named Etihad CEO James Hogan as a new board member. Regarding the nomination of Hogan, Al Baker told the AGM: “We believe such issues should not be surprises. Firstly, such decisions should be transparent and secondly, if geographical representation is the basis of the composition of the board, the regional airlines involved should be informed in advance of their regional allotments so that they can coordinate who should represent them.” Baker also called on IATA to justify US$18 million expenditure on travel, US$58 million on data processing and IT and US$29 million on outsourcing.

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