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More on that apology by IATA boss and Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker (see previous post).

"Qatar Airways firmly believes in gender equality in the workplace and our airline has been a pioneer in our region in this regard, as the first airline to employ female pilots, as one of the first to train and employ female engineers, and with females represented through to senior vice president positions within the airline reporting directly to me. “Qatar Airways is made stronger by its female employees for whom I hold nothing but the highest regard. I support all IATA initiatives to promote the advancement of women in our industry, and I am a strong advocate for these and will continue to be moving forward.”

Qatar Airways boss makes sexist comment

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The top boss of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker made a controversial comment that has inflamed the existing row over sexism in the commercial air industry.

Earlier today at a press conference in Sydney for the International Air Transport Association’s annual meeting, Mr Al Baker said that Qatar Airways has to have male leadership.

“Of course it has to be led by a man, because it is a very challenging position," he said, drawing gasps and groans from the journalists present at the conference.

The comments came minutes after Mr Al Baker - who has been appointed chairman of IATA's board of governors - joked that he was to be less controversial as part of his new role.

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