Qatar Airways is already rehiring its pilots and crew
As travel slowly begins to pick up, Qatar Airways has started to expand again. The airline is already recruiting pilots and cabin crew once again, prioritizing those made redundant due to the pandemic. Let’s find out more about this ongoing recovery at the carrier.
In an exclusive interview with Simple Flying this week, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker spoke at length about the airline’s future. The past year has been a difficult one for airlines around the world, and Qatar was no exception. Despite surviving the pandemic, the airline was forced to let go of a significant number of employees.
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However, those dark days seem to be behind Qatar Airways. CEO Akbar Al Baker has confirmed that the airline has started the process of rehiring some pilots and cabin crew as demand returns. Currently, priority is given to offering jobs to former Qatar Airways pilots and crews who were made redundant last year due to cutbacks.
During the webinar, Mr. Al Baker said:
“I am happy to say that we have already started to recruit at Qatar Airways, both pilots and cabin crew, but we prioritize the people we let go, who perform well will have good results to bring them back. in the airline, and we are already doing it… I made a promise at the beginning to my staff. When I made a statement to them, how sad I was that they built Qatar Airways with us together and now we have to let them go, that we will bring them back as soon as we start ramping up and that is exactly what we do. . “
According to a report by Simple Flying in February, Qatar Airways contacted pilots of Boeing 777 and 787 for invitations to rehire. While that currently appears to be limited, it is clear that the airline plans to gradually send out more hiring invitations in the coming months. This will be great news for thousands of laid-off employees, giving them a chance to come back during this difficult time.
However, hiring does not happen everywhere. COVID-19 has changed the form of work and many of those working in non-operational fields may not return. To this end, Al Baker said,
“But what we’ll do is when it comes to head office numbers, we’ll make sure we’re delivering efficiency gains, not numbers. But the cabin crew, the pilots, the operational ground engineers, yes we’re going to start recruiting them.
This means that the unmanned airline’s footprint could remain smaller for years to come for now. However, for some former Qatar Airways crew members and others, the carrier will be a beacon of hope in difficult times.
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