Al-Baker says the airline will post a loss this year. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Qatar Airways' chief sparked disbelief Tuesday by saying his carrier was led by a man because "it is a very challenging position" -- even as airline bosses admitted more women should be in top roles.Akbar al-Baker said his airline had taken steps to address gender equality, but when asked why it was led by a man, he replied: "of course it had to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position". He later defended the carrier, saying it was the first Middle Eastern airline to have a female pilot and that other women were in senior roles.Leading carriers in North America and Europe had the highest representation of women in senior roles at 16 percent and 14 percent respectively, IATA said.
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