Posted on September 26, 2019

Qatar Airways is pleased to announce the launch of its Outstation Development Programme, a curriculum designed to offer a combination of classroom training with practical on-the-job international placement experience. This new two-year programme for Qatari Nationals offers a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Aviation Management, a globally recognised qualification that will support Nationals to become future leaders in the industry.    

The DAS in Aviation Management offers a tailored syllabus and is a collaboration between Qatar Airways, University of Geneva and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The aim of the programme will enable tomorrow’s aspiring aviation leaders to face the challenges of today while planning for growth in the future. Graduates of this programme will experience practical on-the-job shadowing in an outstation for one year before transferring into full-time positions across the Qatar Airways global network of more than 160 destinations.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the Outstation Development Programme that supports the development of future leaders, and is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. This unique partnership between Qatar Airways, University of Geneva and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is designed to train and prepare our Nationals to be innovative leaders in the aviation industry. Participants will gain academic accreditation, along with significant industry knowledge and international expertise to combat future management challenges.”

To apply for the programme, Qatari Nationals must hold a Bachelor’s Degree issued within the last five years, and a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least three from an institution approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. For more information, please visit

Qatar’s National Vision aims that by 2030, the nation will become an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and providing a high standard of living for its people. To reach that vision, Qatar has established five long-term challenges, namely ‘modernisation and preservation of traditions’, ‘the needs of the current generation and future generations’, ‘managed growth and uncontrolled expansion’, ‘the size and quality of the expatriate labour force and the selected path of development’, and lastly ‘economic growth, social development, and environmental management.’

Al Darb Qatarisation team strives to provide its Nationals with world-class learning and development opportunities to experience and operate in various work environments. IATA Training offers industry-specific educational opportunities in the field of aviation. IATA courses are engaging and useful in developing relevant skills and expertise for aviation professionals.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The airline has recently launched an array of exciting new destinations, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia and Gaborone, Botswana, to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, following in 2020.