Published On: Wed, May 14th, 2014

Qatar Airways Completes Annual Emergency Exercise

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has on Tuesday successfully carried out its annual emergency exercise to test various response functions that could impact its business during a time of a serious incident affecting the airline.
The successful exercise provided the airline with an opportunity to test its safety-first processes and procedures in how it manages and responds to a crisis, the company said in a press release issued here today.

The airline utilizes a state-of-the-art facility inside of its headquarters where all aspects of emergency response were activated. The Group Emergency Control Centre (GECC) is equipped with satellite communications tools, platforms for communicating with aircraft in flight, and television screens to display news channels from anywhere in the world, and a media operations center where regular statements are disseminated from.
The intent of the exercise is to simulate a real-life serious incident that may affect the airline and a ‘scenario’ is designed whereby a majority of the Qatar Airways internal group is unaware until the day of the exercise itself.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said that with the carrier expanding, it is “paramount that our means for carrying out safety precautions and emergency readiness is constantly advanced and on the leading edge of safety practices across the globe.” “Qatar Airways is forward-thinking in its approach to emergency readiness and has intricate systems in place for detection, communication and action during a time of distress.
“A key element of emergency response is timeliness, and this is at the core of our annual testing exercise. We are so mindful of the importance and sensitivity of time in how we deploy our operational team,” he added.

Source : Qatar News Agency

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