DOHA, Qatar, May 5 – Qatar Airways will host the 70th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported, citing the carrier’s statement.

The event will be held here from June 1 to 3. This year’s event will be particularly significant, as the aviation industry is celebrating 100 years since the first scheduled commercial flight.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Akbar Al Baker, said that this year’s AGM was the first to take place in the Middle East since Amman, Jordan, in 1997, and this was only the fourth time that the AGM has been held in the region.

“As guests and aviation leaders descend on Doha this June, we look forward to them witnessing the new infrastructural developments in our country, especially the new Hamad International Airport, the world’s newest airport gateway,” Al-Baker added.

According to QNA, in Jan 1914, the first commercial passenger aircraft took its maiden flight in Florida. It was a 23-minute journey across the bay, separating Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida.

That event marked the birth of the global airline industry.

Coincidentally, Qatar Airways is launching a direct flight from Doha to Miami, Florida, next month, 100 years later and just six days after the IATA AGM,


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