Al Baker's earlier comments were made at a news conference after a meeting of airlines group International Air Transport Association, moments after he was elected as its chairman.
Qatar Airways later issued an official apology on the behalf of Baker claiming that the airlines firmly believes in gender equality.
Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways, has triggered a row over sexism in the airline industry by saying that only a man could do his "challenging job".
Al Baker clarified his position in an interview on Tuesday, before the company issues its statement.
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The remarks were particularly sensitive because gender imbalance in the industry was a theme of the conference, where Mr al Baker officially took over as IATA's chairman. 'You know we have more than 33 per cent that are female in Qatar Airways.
After all, Baker is known for saying some pretty controversial things - last year, he was blasted after making derogatory comments about the age of flight attendants at North American airlines.
IATA's training partnership with Qatar Airways falls within a shared vision of reaching out to the next generation of leaders in the aviation industry.
When asked about gender inequality at airlines in the Middle East, he retorted: "not in Qatar Airways".
The International Labour Organization criticised the airline's policies regarding terminating contracts of pregnant women and prohibiting women being dropped off or picked up from the company by a man other than their father, brother or husband, according to Reuters.
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"To be nominated to such a prestigious leadership position in the industry is a great honour, made all the more pertinent in the hard circumstances in which Qatar Airways now operates".
However, it is important to note that the apology still maintained he was referring to "one individual", which essentially means he didn't exactly backtrack from his original statement. And he had to apologise previous year for calling female American flight attendants "grandmothers". "It's taken 40 years to get to 10 percent", he said at the CAPA-Centre for Aviation summit also taking place in Sydney.
Asked at Wednesday's he truly believed that only a man could do his job, Mr al Baker said, "No, I don't believe that".
'I support all IATA initiatives to promote the advancement of women in our industry, and I am a strong advocate for these and will continue to be moving forward'.
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