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US News Airline boss sorry for woman job 'joke'

14:10  06 june  2018
14:10  06 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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The chief executive of Qatar Airways has apologised for saying a woman could not do his job , saying it was "just a joke ". :: Bank deputy sorry for 'offence caused' by menopause comment. He also defended his airline 's record, saying Qatar was the first Middle East carrier to have female pilots and

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Akbar Al Baker © Reuters Akbar Al Baker

The chief executive of Qatar Airways has apologised for saying a woman could not do his job, saying it was "just a joke".

Akbar al Baker made his remark in Sydney on Tuesday, shortly after he was appointed chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at its annual meeting.

Responding to a question on whether a woman could do his job, Mr al Baker told reporters: "Of course it has to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position."

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The boss of Qatar Airways has sparked a sexism row after claiming a woman would not be able to do his job . His comments were met by groans and it was unclear if the outspoken CEO was joking as they came after he quipped he had to be ‘less controversial’.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said he had spoken to Mr McGuire, and while he did not ask him to stand down, he said the sport, which will start a women 's league in 2017, still had a long way to go. "Words and jokes have incredible power," he said.

The conference - often dominated by profit predictions and headwinds facing the sector - included a focus on gender diversity as only six of its 280-member airlines have female chief executives.

Mr al Baker responded to the backlash over his comment by saying: "Quite frankly I think the press took it out of context.

"They blew it out of proportion. It was just a joke. I didn't mean it in the way it was meant to be... I apologise for it."

Asked whether he really believed only a man could do his job, he added: "No, I don't believe that.

"As a matter of fact (at) Air Italy the majority shareholder has shortlisted women to be CEO and as minority shareholder we are actively encouraging that."

A Qatar Airways plane © Getty A Qatar Airways plane

He also defended his airline's record, saying Qatar was the first Middle East carrier to have female pilots and said 44% of its staff were women.

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TV personality Eddie McGuire, who is also president of popular club Collingwood, made the remarks about The Age's chief AFL writer Caroline Wilson while talking about a charity fundraiser in which personalities plunge into a freezing pool.

thing long post sony jokes sorry i forgot you sony but w/e 1k 5k 10k 15k. So you’re ready to assume some responsibility and apply for your first job (or your fifth job or your fiftieth job ) and you want He asked the same question to each one of them. Boss : A woman normally has lips in 2 different places.

Mr al Baker is one of the airline industry's most colourful characters - known for a strong sense of humour - but has form for controversial comments.

He faced PR turbulence last year after calling US flight attendants "grandmothers" during a trade row with US airlines - a remark for which he also said sorry.

Qatar was recently rated the best global airline by compensation service AirHelp, while the Gulf state's Hamad International Airport - on which Mr al Baker was a lead developer - also scored best among top world destinations.

In this May 6, 2013, photo, a Qatar Airways flight passes overhead in Doha, Qatar. Qatar Airways' chief executive says the carrier will post a loss this year because four other Arab countries have severed land, air and sea links with Qatar. (AP Photo/Penny Wang) © Associated Press In this May 6, 2013, photo, a Qatar Airways flight passes overhead in Doha, Qatar. Qatar Airways' chief executive says the carrier will post a loss this year because four other Arab countries have severed land, air and sea links with Qatar. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)

The diversity issue cast a shadow over the IATA meeting, the association also has only two women on its 31-member board.

The boss of British Airways' owner IAG, Willie Walsh, has weighed in on the issue.

He called for IATA to take a lead on improving diversity in the industry as a whole: "If you look at the board it is predominantly middle-aged white men from Europe," he said.

"We have more diversity on the board now than we have had for a long time, and we have to strive to improve that situation."

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