QATAR AIRWAYS BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH FORWARD LOOKING POLICIES
(Posted 29th October 2016)
The Qatar Airways Group held its first annual conference on safety and security for its staff, with an agenda designed to embed the Group Policy that safety and security is the highest priority as expressed in all Corporate Values. The team members were educated on the robust processes spanning several operational areas.
Named ‘Priority 1’, the one-day conference aimed to provide company-wide awareness on how various departments are implementing best-in-class processes, to share information and enhance collaboration throughout the organisation.
Over 600 executive leaders, managers and supervisory staff from the Qatar Airways Group were in attendance and participated in 16 interactive sessions to broaden their knowledge about various safety and security best practices. The workshops and presentations moderated by senior business representatives highlighted risk management, emergency response, business resilience, environmental sustainability, ground, flight and cabin safety, occupational health and fire safety as well as security topics among others. Additionally, the Talent Development team showcased key elements of safety and security learning.
The conference was opened by Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, who emphasised the QR Group’s underlying commitment and complete focus on safety and security enhancement across all Qatar Airways operations network-wide, 24 hours a day out of the airline’s hub in Doha.
These continued improvements of current best practice have led to numerous company-wide achievements including a well-established integrated Safety and Security Management Programme, full safety and security audit compliance, improved carbon efficiency, successful joint emergency exercises with HIA and government emergency stakeholders and implementing centralised documentation and emergency information systems.
Remarked Mr. Al Baker: ‘The primary commitment we ask of each of our staff is to put safety and security as their number one priority every day, and we encourage our team members to constantly seek ways to share best practices and innovative safety methods with their colleagues‘.
Ashish Jain, Senior Vice President Group Safety and Security said: ‘Our core objective of this conference is to emphasise that together we need to actively have a socially-conscious approach to our day to day work environment; every day in every department in every activity and conversation, we make safety and security our Priority 1. Good safety and security is not just about complying with applicable laws it is also very good for business‘.
Qatar Airways flies daily from Doha to Entebbe and Kigali, double daily to Nairobi with flights to Mombasa now finally a real possibility and also operates services to Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.