The Qatar Airways boss apologises for saying that no woman could do his job. To a question over gender disparity within the aviation industry in the Middle East, Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar airways said on Tuesday referring to his role as CEO, “Of course, it has to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position.”
His comment was responded with public outcry, and one person tweeted “If no woman could do your job, then maybe no woman should buy tickets with your airline.” and another tweet read “God I’m bored of these ridiculous PR apologies written on behalf of backwards men who are definitely not sorry.”
Qatar boss is known for his open remarks. Last year he apologised for his unflattering description of US flight attendants as “grandmothers”, and in contrast, he had said the average age of Qatar Airways cabin crews was 26.
However, Al Baker said in the statement: “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.”