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Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for 'grandmothers' comment, but rivals aren't forgiving

Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for 'grandmothers' comment, but rivals aren't forgiving

The chief executive of Qatar Airways has never minced words when talking about his U.S.-based rivals.

But Akbar Al Baker admits he went too far earlier this month when he compared the crews on his airline with those of U.S.-based carriers.

“By the way, the average age of my cabin crew is only 26 years,” he said in Dublin during a celebration of the launch of a new international route. “So there is no need for you to travel on these crap American carriers .... You know you’re always being served by grandmothers on American carriers.”

The comment sparked outrage by labor unions representing U.S.-based pilot and flight attendants.

Al Baker issued an apology through...

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