He might lead an airline that many adore (including myself), but that doesn't make him a saint. You think the airline emerged from blockade unscathed? Ask Al Baker if he thought the airline could pull through without turning to the government for (even more) help. Or whether he could go on a shopping spree without getting blank cheques from the government. Those purchases around the world are not to be mistaken as a demonstration of the airline's success. Unless, of course, one chooses to ignore the political part of the equation.
Love him or hate him all we want, but aviation industry needs him to keep both Airbus and Boeing honest. You are spending billions in your aircraft of course you can demand quality products. Despite the blockage against his country, Qatar Airways has not shown any sign of shrinking, adding numerous annually, bought out Air Italy, Cathay Pacific, IAG Group and LATAM Group. It goes to show he is one of the biggest movers and shakers of aviation world.
Let's not be so naive in thinking that QR is a rags to riches story