The IATA Cabin Operations Safety Conference (COSC), the global conference for cabin safety across the aviation industry concluded its three-day programme last week in Doha. Hosted by Qatar Airways, the event brought together more than 200 representatives from industry organisations across the globe, to gain insights and share cabin safety best practice.

As the inaugural Middle Eastern regional host for the global aviation industry event, it gave suitable recognition to Qatar Airways’ outstanding aviation safety performance and its commitment to continuous improvement. Conference attendees participated in workshops, discussions and focus sessions led by experts across all segments of the industry, on topics such as next generation training, human trafficking and communicating with passengers.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker said that safety and security is at the heart of their work culture, and that it is their highest priority.

Since becoming the first airline to complete the IOSA Safety Audit with 100% compliance in 2003, Qatar Airways has remained at the forefront of safety and security achievement. Just two weeks ago Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport held their annual, full scale emergency exercise, coordinating with the country’s Defence Forces, Coast Guard, Civil Defence and Hamad Medical Corporation. They simulated the crash of a Qatar Airways jet into water off the coast of Qatar and test the readiness of all parties to respond to such a disaster.

Qatar Airways’ investment in technology and innovation has led to the development of a unique model for running the airline’s Integrated Operations Centre. It is one of only a few airlines to have brought all its key operational departments together in their operations centre, to have live consultation and value-added discussion when a potential incident is unfolding. This allows for early detection, faster and better quality decisions, greater operational effectiveness, cost saving and improved safety and security outcomes.

Qatar Airways’ commitment to cabin safety is also demonstrated by its innovative approach to cabin crew training which the airline conducts twice a year. The airline recognises that cabin crews play a vital role in delivering safety on the ground and in the air. This is consistent with the focus of the conference, which was on information sharing, collaboration and increasing best practice.

Conference delegates were treated to the wonderful Qatari hospitality as guests at the lavish Gala Dinner. Conference attendees were joined by an array of VIPs and special guests from across Qatar and the airline’s senior leaders, for a night of cultural entertainment, networking and enjoying Qatar’s delicious cuisine.

For more information about Qatar Airways, visit their website at qatarairways.com.