Qatar Airways chief executive has poured cold water in the hope of a speedy return to the aircraft and warned of the need for additional cooperation in the development of vaccines to save the operation.
“I don’t think flying is possible for a long time…. I don’t see the problem being over,” Akbar Al Baker said in an interview.
The Qatari leader has lost more hope than most executives of major European and American companies, which predict a return to prison in the coming months.
US airlines have said the current crisis has passed, while in Europe there is hope for a resumption of border crossings.
But Al Baker believes the vaccine is a “stopgap” solution because it is not known how long he has been protecting Covid-19.
The UK could end up with a fourth, fifth or sixth lawsuit once it opens its borders to foreign travel, he warned.
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing Gulf airlines in the last 30 years, encouraged by its proprietary portfolio to connect globally through their Middle East airports.
But they rely on longer trips, which are expected to return more slowly than by sea and short trips. Qatar is currently on the UK’s “red list” of countries, meaning air travel is banned.
Al Baker encouraged countries and organizations such as the World Health Organization to work harder to produce vaccines.
“Every country develops its own programs, its own protocols, and ultimately it doesn’t work,” he said.
A number of health airlines are being developed, including Iata flights, which Qatar Airways is involved in.
These programs allow passengers to prove evidence of immunizations or incorrect tests while traveling, but no agreement has been reached on international professional standards.
“Passport passports are only good and you will use them. “If each country has a different policy, each country has a different system, each country has different needs, it disturbs passengers, and will disrupt flights,” he said.
Al Baker’s influence extends beyond the Middle East. Qatar Airways is a major partner of the British Airways IAG, and is also sitting on the Heathrow board due to Qatari’s economic growth in the UK.
He has no plans to add a stake to IAG, but has asked BA chief Sean Doyle to consider clients.
“We as a shareholder have made it clear that we want British Airways and other IAG airlines to provide sales and services to our customers because we want to be the most powerful aircraft in Europe,” he said.
BA responded: “As we come out of the epidemic, we want to provide the best for our customers… Rising WiFi. ”
The plane was crushed by former boss Alex Cruz when it was found to have reduced costs, he said. “You don’t have to bring in a better airplane like British Airways. . . that is, you know, the world’s favorite plane, where it ended up, ”he said.
The state-owned Qatar Airways benefited from nearly $ 2bn in government funding after losing about 12 months until March 2020, before Covid.
Motivated by cargo, the plane flies about 70% of its time. Only about 40% of the aircraft are fully loaded, but difficulties have helped the aircraft to “stabilize our nation more strongly,” he said.