Qatar Airways CEO sticks to fleet, route growth despite rift

Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker asked the United Nations aviation agency to declare the blockade illegal.

On June 5, five Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen - cut off ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, noted: "Our annual results once again reflect the success of our expansion and growth strategy that has seen the Qatar Airways Group grow from a small regional airline into an aviation powerhouse over the last two decades".

"With this innovative offering - which features the first-ever double bed in Business Class - we have set a new standard for the industry, one which demonstrates our continued commitment to providing the finest possible experience for our passengers", he added.

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Israeli security forces patrol outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2017 following an attack. Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state.

She said Gulf countries have the "strengths and wisdom to find a political way out of this crisis". "Eventually people will realise that the move they have done against my country was ill-thought out and ill-advised and that life has to come back to normal", he said. "I think this generation, this entire generation, will never forget what happened".

Saad Sherida al-Kaabi told Al Jazeera Arabic's Liqa al-Yaum (Today's Meeting show) on Sunday that although there was a "force majeure" clause in the Dolphin gas pipeline agreement - which pumps around 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day to the UAE - Qatar would not stop supplies to its "brothers".

However, Qatar is not interested in struggling carrier Alitalia, which is in the process of seeking a buyer.

Al Baker said an application would be made for an operating licence soon, without giving a more precise timeframe.

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