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Qatar Airways CEO Highlights Supply Chain Constraints Plaguing the Airline Industry

Qatar Airways Chief Blasts Supply Chain Delays

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has expressed his frustration with the supply chain constraints impacting the airline industry and he sees no immediate end in sight. 

Al Baker, in an article published by Simple Flying, emphasised the challenges faced by airlines due to global disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic were still affecting the industry.

“I think the COVID pandemic really destroyed the supply chain of all the aircraft manufacturers and I don’t see how this will be coming back to what it used to be before COVID in the foreseeable future,” he told Simple Flying. 

Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association, echoed Al Baker’s claims and highlighted that a shortage of airline parts was holding up deliveries of new planes. 

On the future outlook, Al Baker expects “stress is going to continue for the foreseeable future” for the supply chain.

He said one reason is the reduction of available raw materials resulting from the Ukraine conflict, especially titanium which Russia supplies to the industry. 

Aircraft giants Boeing and Airbus have both decoupled from Russian titanium supply, which accounted for more than half of the supply to the industry before 2022. 

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