Qatar Airways recently celebrated the accomplishments of the graduating class of Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) –  12 pilots and five aircraft maintenance engineers – set to shortly begin their professional careers at the national carrier of the State of Qatar.

The graduation ceremony was held at Qatar National Convention Centre, under the patronage of the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, and attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, QAC Director General Sheikh Jabor bin Hamad Al Thani, and Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Human Resources Nabeela Fakhri.

QAC Graduation

Al Baker congratulated the graduates on their accomplishment and welcomed them to the company. He said that the young graduates are the future of Qatar Airways, and represent their continuous efforts to support and nurture the next generation of talent in Qatar.

This is a very proud moment, as we watch our nationals take the next step toward beginning their careers in service not only to our national airline, but to our beloved country, Qatar. With this ceremony, and with our continuous investment in our young Qatari students, we are one step closer to achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030.’

This year’s graduates will commence their aviation careers immediately, with the pilots starting as second officers in the national airline, while the aircraft maintenance engineers will begin their careers in maintaining the safety and efficiency of Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways also sponsors young nationals from 35 different majors across the national carrier’s numerous departments through its Al Darb Qatarisation Programme. The tailor-made programme supports, develops and nurtures young talent, and equips nationals with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their field of choice in the airline. The airline currently sponsors 250 students at different universities in different fields across Qatar, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

QAC was founded in 1977 and is now the region’s leading provider of training for the aviation industry. It offers full-time courses for pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers, meteorologists and flight dispatchers, as well as shorter courses in a wide variety of aviation-related disciplines.

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