Qatar Airways announces Seattle route on FTE –’s sister site

Qatar Airways announces Seattle route on FTE –’s sister site

Qatar Airways Group CEO announced Seattle during FTE-APEX’s virtual event on 8 December.

Akbar Al Bakar, Qatar Airways Group CEO, announced the carrier’s next destination – Seattle – on 8 December during FTE-APEX’s Virtual Expo.

Starting on 15 March at an initial four-weekly, Seattle will become the carrier’s 13th airport in North America.  We’ll be delving into the traffic behind this route later this week. 

Interviewed by the face of BBC World News, Aaron Heslehurst, Al Bakar said that Alaska Airlines joining oneworld in 2021 was an important factor for Seattle.

“Once we become an operator into Seattle, and with Alaska joining oneworld, it gives us a very good platform to expand Qatar Airways on the West Coast,” Al Baker said.

Qatar Airways’ Seattle service will join long-standing Los Angeles and San Francisco, the latter starting on 15 December.

“Alaska Airlines is a very large airline in the Western United States.   oneworld, although it has a very strong partner in the country with American Airlines, wasn’t very strong in the West.  With the induction of Alaska, we’re filling that void.”

Qatar Airways boss one of multiple CEOs/MDs who spoke at FTE-APEX

Al Bakar was FTE-APEX’s opening keynote speaker, with multiple other CEOs/MDs presenting, including:

  • Acubed by Airbus
  • Airbus Americas
  • Air France-KLM
  • Alaska Airlines
  • AERQ
  • Atlantic Airways
  • Biometrics Institute
  • castLabs
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Fast Future
  • flybe (former CEO)
  • IATA (DG and CEO)
  • IdeaNova Technologies
  • Los Angeles World Airports
  • Munich Airport
  • Pittsburgh International Airpot
  • Pointr
  • SimpliFlying
  • Spafax
  • Star Alliance
  • Virgin Atlantic
Apple, Amazon + 10 airport & airline CEOs sign for FTE-APEX Virtual Expo

The FTE-APEX virtual trade show was a proper virtual exhibition – not a dull webinar. 300++ different airlines/airports attended.


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