Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar al-Baker poses with pilots in the cockpit of an Airbus A350-1000 at the Eurasia Airshow in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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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.
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