state-of-the-art global training facility for GE engines used in
the aviation, oil and gas industries has opened in Qatar.
The new facility is located at Qatar Science &
Technology Park (QSTP) in Qatar
Foundation's Education City.
Being the first facility of
its kind outside North America, it is the hub for training of GE
aviation and energy corporate customers in the Middle East,
Africa, Europe and Asia. The facility provides training on a range
of jet engines, including the GE90, CF6, CF34 and GEnx models.
The new 13,400-square metre centre includes five digital
classrooms equipped with 3D graphical models and online teaching
capabilities. A hands-on component also forms a core part of the
facility, with 14 engine bays for practical aircraft engine
Programmes focus on training for line
maintenance, boroscope inspection and boro-blend repairs.
Enrolment has already begun, and the Centre expects to provide
between 400 and 500 students with certificates from the Doha-based
training centre each year.
“Qatar Airways is one of the primary
beneficiaries of this training facility, and our staff are among
the first to undergo training here,” said Qatar Airways Chief
Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, who was speaking at the
official opening. “The centre’s presence in Doha ensures Qatar
Airways’ employees are at the forefront of the latest training
methods available, receiving instructions right here at the
airline’s hub, further cementing the airline’s relationship with
General Electric ... The GE 90 engine, the largest in the
world, powers all of our
Boeing 777 fleet of aircraft. The
next-generation GEnx engines will power our
Boeing 787 aircraft –
of which we are proud to be the Middle East’s launch customer when
we take delivery of them next year.”
Airways’ first Boeing 787 is scheduled to enter service early next
year. The 787s will feature new cabin product enhancements and will form the core of Qatar Airways’ regional and medium-haul
fleet. The airline currently operates 25 Boeing 777 passenger and
cargo aircraft with a further 12 on order.
By 2013, Qatar
Airways plans to serve more than 120 key business and leisure
destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of over 120 aircraft.
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