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Qatar Airways Well Positioned To Support Recovery Of Aviation Industry

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Sachin Kumar | The Peninsula

Qatar Airways Group is well positioned to support the recovery of aviation, and the world economy at large, said H E Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways Group in Sustainability Report for FY 2019-21 released yesterday. The airline takes its responsibilities to care for the environment seriously and sustainability is at the forefront of business planning across the group.

“I am pleased to present this report as assurance that all necessary measures have been taken to operate responsibly and efficiently; affirming that Qatar Airways Group is well positioned to support the recovery of aviation, and the world economy at large,” said Al Baker in the report.

The latest report details how the airline group was able to quickly respond to the needs of its customers, and its relief efforts in providing repatriation to people stranded and transport of essential medical and other supplies, as well as the airline's strategy to recover and build resilience to ensure long-term business sustainability.

“The unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented extraordinary challenges to the Qatar Airways Group. In the face of this adversity, we remained exemplary in our leadership and perseverance in the safe movement of people and goods,” said Al Baker.

“During the peak of COVID-19, we were independently affirmed as the largest operating airline worldwide whilst investing in the most advanced hygiene measures. These efforts on safety and hygiene earned us prestigious accolades such as the Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating for Qatar Airways; and Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating for Hamad International Airport,” he said. 

Qatar Airways was the only global airline operating at the height of the pandemic successfully maintaining the network at a minimum of 34 destinations with continuous services to five continents.

“Despite operating restrictions, we demonstrated sheer adaptability and responded effectively as the crisis evolved. We safely transported more than 3 million stranded passengers using state-of-the-art technology such as the Honeywell's Ultraviolet Cabin Disinfection Technology on our aircraft,” he said.

According to IATA data, Qatar Airways had become the largest international carrier between April and July 2020. Tailored repatriation charter flights and air bubble agreements were operated to safely and securely transport passengers to their respective destinations during the pandemic.

A total of over 550 repatriation charter flights were conducted using stringent mitigation measures to ensure the highest possible standards for the health and well-being of Qatar Airways passengers and employees.

“Our recovery signalled the resumption of flights to viable destinations as we rebuild the network. Throughout all this, we never wavered in our commitment to emerging issues such as climate change and gender equality,” he said.

The Cargo division became the largest cargo operator transporting goods, humanitarian aid and medical supplies, forging new partnerships and supporting the timely distribution of vaccines worldwide. 

“We were also honoured to contribute to the efforts of the State of Qatar in providing global relief. Our tenacious nature as an airline meant that we were able to expand to key destinations including those in the United States, Australia and Africa, enhancing vital global connectivity and easing the economic burdens during this challenging period,” he said.


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