Doha, QATAR – The success of the first-ever Qatar Career Fair held this week in Doha is a positive sign for the country’s future, according to Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
“It’s good to see so many young and talented Qataris looking to plan ahead their careers. There are many employment opportunities available in Qatar, and the career fair is an important step in educating youngsters and creating awareness of the variety of jobs available to them,” said Al Baker.
Qatar Airways was among more than 110 exhibitors took part in this year’s fair, which is expected to become a high-calibre annual event attracting students, graduates and parents from all over the country. High school and university students were among the 3,000 daily visitors to the event held at the Qatar Exhibition Centre.
As the national carrier of the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways was looking to boost its ranks in line with the government’s initiatives aimed at guiding young locals into the workplace, said Al Baker.
“Qatar Airways used the opportunity to showcase the airline and the kinds of careers available. We are considered among the top five airlines in the world, and are a stable and vibrant company, one that has many different facets to its operations,” he said.
Staff from Qatar Airways Human Resources department were at the stand during the three-day fair to provide career advice for those interested in employment in the aviation industry.
Recruitment opportunities within Qatar Airways range across the scope of the airline’s operations, from pilots and cabin crew to technical, engineering and administrative roles.
Added Al Baker: “Being a fast-growing company, Qatar Airways offers plenty of opportunities for talented nationals to establish challenging, exciting and rewarding careers with the airline.”
Qatar Airways currently employs 13,500 people worldwide in the airline and its subsidiaries. The airline flies to 79 destinations, which will rise to 81 by the end of the year with the addition of routes to Stockholm and Ahmedabad.
Qatar Airways is one of only five airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 12 million passengers. During the 2006/07 financial year, Qatar Airways carried more than 8 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways’ award-winning Privilege Club won an unprecedented eight accolades at the annual US-based Freddie Awards, designed to honour loyalty programmes across the global travel industry. For more information, visit www.qmiles.com
Doha-based Qatar Airways will have a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2015 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter beginning in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2009, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com