June 5, 2018 / 11:42 PM / 8 months ago

Qatar Airways boss apologises for remarks on women CEOs

SYDNEY, June 6 (Reuters) - The head of Qatar Airways apologised on Wednesday for saying that a woman could not do his job.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said his remarks at the closing of a major airlines gathering had been intended as a joke and had been taken out of context.

He defended his airline’s record of gender diversity, saying 44 percent of its staff were female.

“Quite frankly I think the press took it out of context. It was just a joke ... I apologise for it,” Al Baker told the CAPA-Centre for Aviation airlines conference in Sydney. (Reporting by Tim Hepher, Victoria Bryan; editing by Stephen Coates)

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