I made a minor note of this yesterday as part of the extreme ironies currently in the airline industry but it seemed worth pulling out on its own.
Qatar Airways head Akbar al-Baker has been awarded the French Legion of Honor “for his leadership in the aviation industry and for spearheading Qatar Airways to be a leading global airline” .. and for his service and commitment to France at large.
Even though Air France may hate competition from Qatar, and wants government action to limit competition, Qatar is of course a strong supporter of Airbus.
The long and historic relationship between France and the State of Qatar was noted, particularly as Qatar Airways has been a long-standing supporter of one of France’s great establishments – the aircraft manufacturing giant, Airbus – of which Qatar Airways is the only airline in the world to fly each Airbus aircraft type in its fleet.
Not included in the article, and purely in the realm of speculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a ton of contributions to the right people in France, so that al-Baker could pretty much tell Air France to [censored].
Will Akbar al-Baker’s be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom?