Qatar Airways Group organised a week-long series of masterclasses, networking opportunities and interactive tours of its various facilities, specially curated for its female workforce in the week leading 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 by an all-female crew. From the ground staff overseeing and handling the cargoes 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, HE Akbar Al Baker said they recognise the significant role women play in the airline and its organisational culture. He said that since its inception more than 25 years ago, they have been fortunate enough to benefit from the expertise of accomplished female professionals who have left their mark on the company and helped them 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.

Week-long celebration

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 in flying. The airline’s female engineers conducted the tour of 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 the 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, including health awareness and yoga classes. The celebrations were concluded with special giveaways organised in part with the Shafallah Centre and a Women in Leadership Café session led by Harvard Professors.

Focused 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. It has previously launched a customised training programme Leadership, Future and Culture for national senior management to connect and develop their leadership skills.

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