akbar-al-baker14Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, delivered a keynote speech this week at the 2014 Aviation Partnership Summit in Madrid, a summit chaired by Airline Business Editor, Max Kingsley-Jones.

The two-day summit being held at the Meliá Avenida América Hotel on October 28-29 gathered over 100 aviation industry delegates to discuss the strategic, legal, financial and technological challenges surrounding existing and new partnership arrangements. Hosted by Flightglobal, the two day agenda is designed for aviation leaders to collaborate and network.

Mr. Akbar Al Baker delivered the opening keynote speech at the opening session, commenting: “Alliances are playing an increasingly important role in the airline industry today. When Qatar Airways was asked to join oneworld in 2012, it changed the future shape of our airline. This alliance connected us to an elite team of the world’s leading airlines, offering our customers a truly unique proposition for travel to all corners of the globe.

“This October, Qatar Airways proudly celebrates its one year anniversary of joining this premier global alliance, one of the most significant landmarks in our young history. As the only airline in the Gulf region to be a member of such an alliance, we will continue to strengthen our competitive offering, as we grow our fleet and connectivity around the world.”

Airline Business Editor, Mr. Max Kingsley-Jones, added: “His Excellency Mr. Al Baker’s presentation, which opened the conference, provided a fantastic insight into the decision-making process behind joining an alliance and the power that these partnerships can deliver to the bottom line for all involved.”

The Aviation Partnership Summit serves as a central platform and meeting point for discussion on aviation-related issues, such as the values, structures and innovation of alliances, the rise of Eastern destinations, the perspective and impact of low cost carriers and hybrid airlines on partnership and alliance models, vertical partnerships and joint ventures, how to improve the customer experience, and the SMART airport experience, among others.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 137 aircraft to 145 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

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Özgür Töre is the founder and managing editor of award-winning travel news website; Focus on Travel News – ftnNEWS.com and Arab Turkish Travel Gazette – www.arabturkishtravel.com. Mr. Töre is the co-founder of RusTourismNews.com and UkraineTravelNews.com Mr. Töre is a board member of Association of Tourism Writers and Journalists (TUYED) in Turkey and International Tourism Writers Alliance. He holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Istanbul Kültür University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Istanbul Bilgi University.