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Qatar Airways Overcomes Obstacles to Become Largest Passenger and Cargo Airline Globally

Qatar’s A350-1000 arrives in Dallas (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Parker Davis)

When faced with adversity, it can be challenging to overcome the obstacles and show resilience. However, it can be very rewarding when someone manages to outline a plan to resolve the adversity they face, for example, the current circumstances with Qatar Airways.  The airline, despite the current global pandemic and the illegal blockade that was imposed by its neighboring countries on June 5, 2017, continues to succeed by growing dramatically in the passenger and cargo market. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker is determined and proud to represent Qatar and succeed in taking care of passengers and staff. 

“It has been a testing few years but Qatar Airways will always continue to represent our country with integrity, flying our nation’s flag proudly around the world. Our robust business planning, swift actions in the face of the crisis, customer-focused solutions and dedicated staff have enabled us to continue succeeding in the face of two unprecedented aviation events,” Al Baker said. “ Despite the many attempts by the blockading countries to blemish our excellent reputation, I am proud to say that my country and the airline have managed to persevere and grow over the last three years.” 

The carrier has been able to continue steady operations while also expanding to more than 30 new destinations even with the difficulties from the blockade that essentially set the building blocks for the airline to be where it is today. As a result, because Qatar Airways has expanded throughout the years in the face of the blockade,  the carrier has been successful in continuing to operate an extensive and agile schedule, even during the COVID-19 crisis. 

While other airlines in the region have halted operations during this crisis, the Doha-based carrier continues to operate a crucial schedule consisting of operating more than 15,000 flights to transport over 1.8 million people home. Furthermore, the airline’s cargo sector has made its medical and aid shipments, its top priority, to work closely with governments to transport over 20,000 tonnes of vital supplies to impacted regions. 

“Our airline like our country remains open to engagement, that is why when gave away 100,000 complimentary tickets to health care workers around the world to say thank-you for their important work during this crisis. We even allocated tickets for the blockading countries, further highlighting our noble and philanthropic intentions. I am pleased that health care professionals in all of these countries claimed the full allocation, and we look forward to taking them on a thoroughly deserved holiday as travel restrictions around the world ease,” Al Baker added. 

Qatar Airways takes pride in representing the very nation it is based from, in the region, which is why the airline has remained committed offering the best travel experience for its passengers as well as increasing its efforts in transporting freight to eventually become a global leader in the air cargo industry.

The airline has received the following awards: Global Air Cargo Airline in 2019 and International Air Cargo of the Year at the 2020 Shipping, Transport, Aviation Air Cargo and Tourism (STAT) Times awards. Qatar Airways continues to strive on highlighting innovation, customer centricity and high-quality service, in order to endure and overcome the global pandemic and the illegal blockade. 

“The Qatar Airways Group, like the nation it represents is resilient and strong. The achievements we have made despite the illegal blockade stand as a tribute to the commitment, drive and perseverance of our staff and of our nation under its young ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to whom we dedicate our work.”

Benjamin Pham


  • Benjamin Pham

    Benjamin has had a love for aviation since a young age, growing up in Tampa with a strong interest in airplane models and playing with them. When he moved to the Washington, D.C. area, Benjamin took part in aviation photography for a couple of years at Gravelly Point and Dulles Airport, before dedicating planespotting to only when he traveled to the other airports. He is an avid, world traveler, having been able to reach 32 countries, yearning to explore and understand more cultures soon. Currently, Benjamin is an Air Transporation Management student at Arizona State University. He hopes to enter the airline industry to improve the passenger experience and loyalty programs while keeping up to how technology is being integrated into airports.

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