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Qatar Airways Celebrates International Women's Day with a Week-Long Series of Activities

‎ 08 March 2023

The activities included networking opportunities, aircraft hangar tours, and visits to the Integrated Operations Centre, simulator centre, leadership learning and health and wellness sessions and more


Qatar Airways Cargo successfully conducted its first-ever all-female flight from Hamad International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport on 5th March

Doha, Qatar – Qatar Airways Group celebrated its staff with a week-long series of masterclasses, networking opportunities, and interactive tours of its various facilities curated for its female workforce in the week leading up to International Women's Day. Qatar Airways Cargo joined in the celebrations, and marked 5 March as the day of its first-ever all-female freighter flight. Its scheduled Boeing 777 freighter from Doha to Shanghai was operated entirely of a crew of made up of women. From the ground staff overseeing and handling the cargo, to the flight deck crew operating the flight, this is the first time a Qatar Airways Cargo freighter aircraft has operated with an all-female crew and all-female ground staff.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: "In honour of International Women's Day, we recognise the significant role women play in our airline and organisational culture. Since the inception of our airline more than 25 years ago, we have been fortunate enough to benefit from the expertise of accomplished female professionals who have left their mark on our company and helped us become the World's Best Airline. This week was dedicated to uniting our female staff and supporting their growth within the aviation industry. We salute their contributions in helping us meet our organisation’s ambitious goals."

To empower female staff and their growth in aviation, Qatar Airways began the celebrations with a simulator tour led by the airline's female pilots, expanding their knowledge and expertise on flying. The airline’s female engineers conducted the tour for Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art hangar to ensure they gain a thorough understanding of one of the many vital facilities in the aviation industry.

Staff members were also given a tour of Qatar Airways’ Integrated Operations Centre to gain insights into the execution of the airline’s operations and learn about upholding safety and security at the highest standards. The activities incorporated a masterclass on Asian cuisine led by Qatar Airways’ world-class female chefs, and included sessions focused on women’s wellness and self-care, comprising of health awareness and yoga classes. The celebrations were concluded on 8 March with special giveaways organised in part with the Shafallah Centre, and a Women in Leadership Café session led by Harvard Professors.

With a focus on providing a cultivating environment for all its staff, Qatar Airways offers various opportunities throughout the year for its workforce to get inspired and develop their personal and professional journeys. Previously, Qatar Airways has launched its customised training programme under the name ‘Leadership, Future and Culture’ for national senior management to connect and develop their leadership skills. 

About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the tenth time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, 'Best Airline in the Middle East', 'World's Best Business Class Lounge' and 'World's Best Business Class Lounge Dining' at the prestigious awards held during the 2023 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways is an unprecedented seven-time winner of the 'World’s Best Airline' voted by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022). As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, Qatar Airways was recently voted the 'World’s Best Airline Website' by World Travel Tech Awards.

Qatar Airways was the first Airline in the Middle East to be certified to the highest level of IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme, based on recognised environmental management system principles (such as ISO 14001). As an inaugural signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016, Qatar Airways became the first airline globally to be certified to the industry standard for the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking in aviation.

Qatar Airways currently flies to nearly 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, the ‘World’s Best Airport’, as voted by Skytrax in 2021, 2022, and 2024. In 2024, Hamad International Airport also received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for 10 consecutive years, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second year in a row.

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