Qatar Airways was honoured to host the 64th Annual Conference of Airline Personnel Directors’ Council (APDC) in the capital city of Doha.
The two-day conference brought together over 40 senior human resource management delegates from airlines around the world to discuss issues and challenges facing HR practices in their respective businesses, as well as those that affect the industry collectively.
With the airline industry in the State of Qatar young and flourishing at a phenomenal rate, hosting the event gave Qatar Airways the opportunity to share the successful business model that has been built during the 16 years it has been in operation with airlines from around the world. The Doha-based carrier shared its experiences and challenges with some of the legacy carriers that have been around for 60 years or more.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker officially opened the event, hosted by the airline for the second time in six years.
Speaking at the conference hotel, Oryx Rotana, he welcomed delegates with an inspiring speech in which he talked about the airline’s dramatic growth and the State of Qatar’s dynamism in undertaking scores of infrastructure projects.
With Qatar Airways being an economic vehicle for the country’s growth – a nation that is investing over US$150 billion in numerous infrastructure projects such as a new metro system, new hotels and the 2022 FIFA World Cup – recruitment opportunities are endless, said Al Baker.
“We are not retrenching, but recruiting on an unprecedented scale. It’s not about being the biggest airline or taking market share, it’s about being the best at what we do in all areas to attract customers and employees alike.”
As part of its recruitment drive, Qatar Airways is hiring Qatari nationals to train and develop them as future leaders.
The Qatar Airways Nationalisation Programme has focused on designing development programmes to create distinctive experiences for Qatari students, graduates and professionals to make them proud of Qatar Airways' success story.
The drive to hire more Qataris – both graduates and scholarship students – to join the organisation, is in line with the country’s 2030 vision for a sustainable future. The solid foundation that has been built by Qatar Airways since 1997 with a workforce drawn from aviation experts from around the world, has well positioned the airline well for further aggressive growth.
With a global group workforce of over 28,000 employees – 16,000 of which being airline staff – Qatar Airways’ staggering rise has not been unnoticed by industry peers.
Al Baker highlighted some of the HR challenges faced by the Doha-based airline that comes with growth and recruitment.
“Our workforce of over 150 nationalities work in different disciplines within the airline and our subsidiaries,” said Al Baker.
“English is a second or third language for the majority of Qatar Airways’ workforce, so undoubtedly proving a challenge as English is the working language across the industry, Qatar Airways HR department works hard to address these challenges because as a Qatari organisation that proudly preserves its Arabic culture and heritage, Qatar Airways is ultimately a global network airline.
“Our dynamic growth is due to the vision of His Highness The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to create an airline of the highest quality and standards flying to all corners of the world, and to be the best in the world. And we are delighted to have reached the industry summit as the best airline in the world for the past two years.”
With a total order of over 250 aircraft woth more than US$50 billion and a staggering route network growing by more than 12 new destinations each year, the job opportunities are enormous, added Al Baker.
Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division Qatar Executive is once again taking part at Europe’s leading business aviation show EBACE in Geneva this week.
The prestigious three-day show at the Palexpo Exhibition Centre in the Swiss city begins tomorrow (May 21) and runs until Thursday. The event attracts over 400 companies with more than 10,000 visitors from over 30 countries.
Doha-based Qatar Executive – awarded the Best Business Aviation Operator in 2012 by the magazine Aviation Business Middle East – will use the annual event in Switzerland to present its diversified service portfolio and innovative products to the business aviation community, placing a strong focus on its growing maintenance service facility at Doha International Airport.
In recent months, Qatar Executive has significantly expanded its maintenance service offering, underpinning its status as a Bombardier Authorised Service Facility (ASF) in the Middle East with certifications from Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) and EASA-Part 145 to support European and Qatari registered Bombardier aircraft.
Complementing its existing Line Maintenance services, Qatar Executive received additional regulatory approvals from the QCAA in April to perform Base Maintenance services for Bombardier Challenger 604 and 605s and the manufacturer’s Global series of aircraft.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, who also heads up the airline’s private jet division, said: “EBACE is a key industry event for us and provides the perfect platform to promote Qatar Executive to a wide audience including business leaders, government officials and all the major corporate aircraft manufacturers.
“As the economy of Qatar continues to drive forward at lightening pace, global leaders and corporates are flocking in with their private jets on a daily basis and we look forward to provide them with a wide range of top-notch business aviation services.
“Our enhanced maintenance offering, allowing selected aircraft types to undergo maintenance in Qatar, is an attractive service for business aviation operators and private jet owners and an important step towards establishing Qatar Executive, not just as a leading charter operator, but also as a premier Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility for private jets across the Middle East.”
Qatar Executive Vice President Tilmann Gabriel added: “EBACE is all about relationship building and networking. With our sheer presence once again at this leading show, it demonstrates Qatar Executive’s commitment to establishing, maintaining and strengthening relationships with new and existing customers. We look forward to a very productive show over the next few days.”
In the four years since its inception, Qatar Executive has built up a solid foundation for its future development, and has rapidly turned into one of the top charter operations worldwide, backed by the global expertise and track record of its award-winning parent carrier, Qatar Airways.
In response to the growing demand for business jet services from the Middle East and around the world, the division has strengthened its market position through diversifying its service portfolio, now encompassing not just its core business of aircraft charters, but also aircraft management, maintenance and a full range of Fixed Based Operation (FBO) services.
Against this background, a high-powered team of Qatar Executive representatives from different areas such as Sales & and Marketing, Maintenance & Repair, In-flight product and Ground Services will be present throughout the Geneva show to build relations, meet with customers and seize new business opportunities.
Founded in 2009, Qatar Executive today operates a wholly-owned all-Bombardier fleet of six aircraft, comprising three Challenger 605s, two Global 5000s and one Global XRS – a number set to grow in the near future.
Educate A Child (EAC), a global education programme designed to ensure every child has access to a quality education, has officially announced two new worldwide partners – Qatar Airways, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Qatar Airways and Jazz at Lincoln Center will both serve as partners to raise awareness about the EAC programme and its objectives. The announcement was made at a press conference in New York yesterday, held at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar in November 2012, Educate A Child addresses the plight of 61 million out-of-school children around the world, who are denied access to quality primary education. In the last six months alone, the initiative has given 600,000 children the opportunity to fulfill their right to primary education, which would otherwise have been denied to them because of poverty, discrimination or conflict. Educate A Child has partnered with numerous NGOs and other organisations to seek out new and innovate ways of providing education.
Educate A Child was founded as a direct result of Her Highness Sheikha Moza’s mandate as a UNESCO Special Envoy on Basic and Higher Education, a United Nations Millennium Development Goal Advocate and a Steering Committee member of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Education First initiative.
Flying to over 125 destinations around the world, Qatar Airways is uniquely positioned to reach many of the countries where Educate A Child is active. The airline has pledged to provide food, cargo, and personal transport services for the programme as well as promoting awareness of EAC and the plight of the 61m out-of-school children in the world through its in-flight communications channels.
Speaking in New York, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “We believe that global aviation can bridge communities and people to galvanise support for causes that affect individuals across every continent.
“Qatar Airways is proud to partner with an initiative that matches our spirit and ambition as an organisation.
“Guided by the commendable vision of Educate A Child, we have already begun to support out-of-school children around the world, with the basic human right they deserve – education,” he added.
In addition to flight services, Qatar Airways will use itscommunication platforms to reach the airline’s global passenger base, showcasing the initiative through in-flight entertainment, in-flight magazines and the carrier’s web site qatarairways.com and social media channels.
The press conference took place atDizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and featured a number of key individuals associated with Educate A Child. Joining Mr. Al Baker were Special Envoy – Educate A Child – Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and Executive Committee member at the Qatar Foundation Endowment, Dr. Tidu Maini; CEO of Education Above All, Mr. Marcio Barbosa; Executive Committee Member of Education Above All Foundation, Mr. Mohammed Al Naimi; and Jazz at Lincoln Center Chairman of the Board, Mr. Robert Appel.
Education is a core tenet of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission. Through various education initiatives, Jazz at Lincoln Center strives to foster an appreciation for jazz and underscore the importance of arts and culture in global society. The organisation plans to leverage its global audience and institutional assets (concerts, tours, special events, education programmes, recorded music) to raise awareness for EAC’s important work.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Chairman, Robert Appel said: “Jazz at Lincoln Center, Educate A Child, and Qatar Airways enter this unique relationship with a shared vision to to enrich the lives of as many children as possible through education.
“Building an appreciation for the arts and advancing education are central to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission. We are proud to support and help raise awareness for Educate A Child’s cause.”
Tonight (May 16), Educate A Child, Qatar Airways and Jazz at Lincoln Center will inaugurate this new global partnership with a dinner reception at Jazz at Lincoln Center, during which Her Highness will introduce the programme to New York attendees. The dinner will be followed by an evening of world-class music, featuring a performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with special guest Chick Corea.
Qatar Airways has resumed Boeing 787 Dreamliner services between Doha and London Heathrow after a worldwide grounding of the aircraft in January.
The Doha-based carrier was the first to launch Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to the UK in December, and the return to service means it remains the only airline in the world to operate scheduled 787 flights to and from the United Kingdom.
Landing at London Heathrow at 11.19am local time yesterday, QR075 was the airline’s first Boeing 787 to resume flights to the capital. The aircraft returned to Doha a few hours later as flight QR076, one of the airline’s five daily services between the UK and the State of Qatar.
The first of the airline’s five Boeing 787 Dreamliners returned to service on the Doha – Dubai route on May 1. The airline will be gradually phasing in Boeing 787 flights over the next few weeks on long-haul routes such as Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: "The Doha – Heathrow route is one of our most popular international services, and so I’m thrilled that our Dreamliners are back in the skies, providing our passengers with an unparalleled level of service and comfort to and from the UK.
“I have always hailed the Dreamliner as the state-of-the-art aircraft destined to change the way people travel. After a setback that not only affected our own worldwide operations, but those of many carriers worldwide, we look forward to now deploying the Dreamliner on other key routes over the coming weeks.”
Qatar Airways UK Country Manager Richard Oliver said: “We are absolutely delighted to be back in the air with the Boeing 787s in the UK providing our passengers with a unique travel experience.
“With our Heathrow operations going back up to five flights a day following the re-introduction of the Dreamliner on the London route, we fly to our Doha hub and offer passengers a raft of excellent connections to cities across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.”
Made up of composite materials, the 787 Dreamliner is lighter and more fuel efficient than any comparable aircraft of its size and range.
Qatar Airways has 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has 232 seats in a 3–3–3 layout.
The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both the Business and Economy cabins.
Unique features of the 787 Dreamliners include larger windows, reduced cabin noise and cleaner cabin air.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 124 aircraft to 126 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
Qatar Airways has so far launched four destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Chicago (USA).
Qatar Airways today announced a new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways to destinations across Thailand and the capital cities of neighbouring Cambodia and Myanmar.
Effective today (May 15), the agreement sees Qatar Airways’ QR flight code on services beyond the Thai capital wiith Bangkok Airways to a raft of destinations giving passengers more convenient and greater access to markets.
The domestic Thai codeshare destinations to and from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport are Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Trat, Sukhothai, Lampang, Krabi. In addition, Qatar Airways will also codeshare with Bangkok Airways on flights from Bangkok to Phnom Penh and Yangon, the capital cities of Cambodia and Myanmar respectively.
Customers can now make bookings through their local travel agent, any Qatar Airways office or through the airline’s website www.qatarairways.com
Passengers travelling from many of Qatar Airways’ key markets in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East to and from southeast Asia can take advantage of the new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways for greater access to more markets.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha is strategically well placed to connect East and West, and through this new partnership with Bangkok Airways we are able to cater to passengers who wish to seamlessly connect onwards to further destinations in countries where the airline already has an established presence – in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
“This new codeshare with Bangkok Airways gives our passengers greater and easier access to more points across Thailand which is one of our most popular destinations in Asia.”
Qatar Airways currently operates non-stop flights between Doha and Bangkok four-times-daily and also serves Phuket in Thailand daily from the Qatari capital. In addition, Qatar Airways serves both Phnom Penh and Yangon daily from Doha.
Bangkok Airways Senior Vice President Network Management Peter Wiesner added: "This new partnership will offer better flight connectivity for passengers travelling on long-haul routes with Qatar Airways to Bangkok for their onward journey within Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
“Moreover, Thailand’s key destinations, namely Samui, Phuket and Chiang Maialways have great potential which attract a large number of tourists. Therefore, we believe this partnership will offer a unique service for Qatar Airways’ passengers and will strengthen Bangkok Airways’ extensive network as well as boosting tourism in Thailand and Asia."
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines currently operating a modern fleet of 124 aircraft to 126 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America from its strategically located hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.
QATAR AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES CODESHARE FLIGHTS WITH BANGKOK AIRWAYS