Qatar Airways’ National Scholarship Programme (QRNSP), in association with Airbus, has conducted an inspiring leadership programme for newly-graduate Qatari pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers.
The event, attended by strategic partners Civil Aviation Authority, Qatari Air Force and Emiri flight operations, was facilitated by Qatar Airways and Airbus officials.
The programme provided an overview on leadership thinking, handling conflicts and the importance of trust and credibility in leadership, empowering participants through a variety of lectures, workshops, round table sessions and group exercises.
Over 100 participants attended the programme, held at the GE facility in the Qatar Science and Technology Park, benefiting greatly from the vast experience of Airbus representatives.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker remarked that such programmes had been very successful in the past and were conducted regularly to provide career development for Qataris in the organisation. “The airline is highly supportive of learning development and, being a forward looking company, we must empower our future leaders and nurture them on a path to become successful managers,” he said.
“Leadership is imperative today and is always a key trait in management. In my view, Qatar Airways is a business success story today because of the discipline and leadership within the organisation. Qatar Airways’ aim is to recruit many more Qatari nationals, identifying top talent, and equipping them with the best personal development opportunities. And our Qatar Airways National Scholarship Programme has been an essential part of the airline’s Qatarisation drive, productively enabling Qatari youth financially in their educational needs, and subsequently offering them internship and job opportunities within the airline,” he added.
Dr. Kholode Al-Obaidli, VP Nationalisation, commented: “In partnership with Airbus, we have delivered an exciting leadership programme for our Qatari pilots and aircraft engineers that shows our commitment to their development as individuals, as well as our commitment as a company to Qatarisation. Nationalisation is a priority for us and we wish to demonstrate this in the programmes we have developed for our Qatari employees.”
Qatar Airways was recently heralded for its continued success when it was awarded the Airline of the Year 2012 by Skytrax, for the second consecutive year, voted by over 18 million passengers worldwide.
As a truly global airline covering six continents, Qatar Airways employs over 130 nationalities around the world. The airline currently operates a modern fleet of 110 aircraft to 117 key business and leisure destinations worldwide. By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve more than 120 destinations with a fleet of over 120 aircraft.
Since the beginning of the year, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad, and most recently, Perth (Australia) with many more destinations planned during 2012.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways launches services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Yangon, Myanmar; Maputo, Mozambique and to the Serbian capital Belgrade.
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