After harsh and bias comments made by CEO of Qatar Airways, an apology has finally arrived. The chief executive has finally said sorry about the words he used about US flight attendants are that supposedly condemned as ageist but sexist.
These remarks were made during a speech at a dinner gathering, last week in Ireland, Akbar Al Baker the CEO of Qatar Airways said that the US airlines are “crap” and that their passengers are “always being served by grandmothers”.
He also mentioned along proudly saying that, “the average age of my cabin crew is only 26”.
Whereas later on Wednesday Akbar Al Baker made an apology clarifying that his careless words do not mean his true feelings for the crew cabin.
Moreover, Mr. Al Baker wrote a letter to the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA). It is a US Trade Union that hold about 50,000 members from 20 airlines.
The letter wrote:
“Competition among air carriers is robust. This is healthy, especially for our passengers, but our competition must remain respectful, For the cabin crew serving aboard all air carriers, professionalism, skill and dedication are the qualities that matter. I was wrong to imply that other factors, like age, are relevant,”
However, after this letter, Sara Nelson the AFA’s president, mentioned that she had accepted Mr. Al Baker apology.
Whereas on Monday, the day when Akbar Al Baker’s speech video was online posted, Ms. Sara Nelson has claimed him to confirm “what AFA has said all along: Qatar Airways thrives on misogyny and discrimination”.
Ms. Sara Nelson explained and shared her views saying;
“Qatar is not only seeking to choke out US aviation, but also the 300,000 good jobs built through opportunity created on the principle of equality.When there’s an emergency on board, a flight attendant’s gender, age, weight, height, race or sexuality simply do not matter. What matters is effective safety and security training, along with experience on the job.”
Well, that’s an appropriate response to those bias comment. Jill Surdek, the vice-president of flight service for American Airlines has also spoken up about this matter and messaged his fellow workers showing that Qatar Airways’s CEO statements were, “incredibly offensive”.
This heated controversy has already amid a row between US carriers and Qatar Airways. Whereas on another side Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline have about come forward together in a state of support.
This wasn’t enough, moreover, on this Wednesday American Airlines have made an announcement sharing that they have canceled a code-share agreement with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways saying as “an extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies”.
This announcement has made Mr. Al Baker quite disappointed. Nevertheless, he mentioned on Thursday that he would remain to proceed with his plans on buying a 10% stake in American Airlines.
The CEO of Qatar Airways Reported Media Saying;
“Our stock purchase request and filing is going ahead as normal. We had to clarify certain questions of the regulator, which we compiled with,”
Whereas on the side Qatar Airways already owns a 20% stake in the owner of British Airways, International Airlines Group, and for South America’s LATAM Airlines it’s 10%.