The CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, has announced his departure from his position, as stated by the state-owned airline on Monday. Akbar Al Baker, who has been in office for 27 years,

will step down as CEO effective November 5th,

the airline specified.

He will be succeeded by Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, the company added. Akbar Al Baker is renowned for his role in the airline's development, having taken the helm in 1997, transforming it into an internationally recognized player in the aviation industry. Qatar Airways praised "the remarkable work provided by Baker over 27 years" and highlighted his contribution to the construction of the Hamad International Airport in Doha and the role of the airline in the success of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

On Sunday, Qatari authorities announced that Akbar Al Baker had been removed from his position as the head of the tourism organization of the wealthy gas-rich emirate, without providing further details. Outgoing Qatar Airways CEO expressed to the company's staff,

It has been an incredible privilege to lead such an exceptional global team and an honor to serve my country.


Image credit : (AFP/Jason Redmond) - Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive for Qatar Airways, is pictured inside a new Air Italy Boeing 737 MAX 8 as Boeing Commercial Airplanes