Kuwait Air­ways signs agree­ment with min­istries to spon­sor pi­lot and en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait Air­ways, the of­fi­cial na­tional air­line of the State of Kuwait, signed yes­ter­day a pro­to­col agree­ment with the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, the Min­istry of Econ­omy, and the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor, that will see the air­line spon­sor the train­ing of 180 stu­dent pi­lots and avi­a­tion en­gi­neers, over the next three years.

The sign­ing event, which took place at Kuwait Air­ways’ head of­fice, was at­tended by Dr Mohammad Al-Fares, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Hind Al-Sabeeh, Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Af­fairs and Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor, and Ebrahim Al-Khuzam, CEO of Kuwait Air­ways, and Dr Hamed Al-Azemi, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion along with the se­nior man­age­ment from both min­istries and Kuwait Air­ways. The out­come of this ini­tia­tive will see Kuwait Air­ways spon­sor a to­tal of 60 Kuwaiti na­tional stu­dents, per year, over a three year pe­riod, in ar­eas of pi­lot train­ing and avi­a­tion en­gi­neer­ing stud­ies.

“(Yes­ter­day’s) agree­ment sig­nals an­other sig­nif­i­cant step in Kuwait Air­ways’ long his­tory of sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Kuwaiti na­tional tal­ent. Kuwait Air­ways is a com­mit­ted part­ner in the de­vel­op­ment of Kuwait’s avi­a­tion in­dus­try and over­all eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and is proud to con­tinue its sup­port of the coun­try’s pi­o­neer­ing sta­tus in the re­gional air­line busi­ness,” said Khuzam.

“The terms of the pro­to­col agree­ment will see the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion se­lect 60 stu­dents, per year, to be sent to some of the most rec­og­nized train­ing and educational in­sti­tutes in the world. On the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of their stud­ies, Kuwait Air­ways will then of­fer the grad­u­ates a job at the air­line - within their spe­cial­ist ar­eas,” Khuzam added.

While the avi­a­tion in­dus­try has un­doubt­edly faced a num­ber of chal­lenges over the last few years, the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) has fore­cast that the avi­a­tion mar­ket, in the Mid­dle East, will con­tinue to grow at a steady five per cent, through to 2035. Ac­cord­ing to IATA, re­gional pas­sen­ger num­bers are also set to dou­ble within that time, to 414 mil­lion per year.

With Kuwait Air­ways not­ing a sig­nif­i­cantly higher pas­sen­ger growth rate, over the re­gional av­er­age, with an in­crease of over 20 per cent recorded in 2016, the of­fi­cial na­tional air­line of Kuwait is cer­tainly mak­ing strides to re­gain a sig­nif­i­cant foothold within the re­gional avi­a­tion mar­ket. Its air­craft ac­qui­si­tion pol­icy - a to­tal of 35 new air­craft that started ar­riv­ing in 2016 and to be de­liv­ered by 2022 - be­ing a sig­nif­i­cant part of that trans­for­ma­tion and progress.

Min­is­ters Hind Al-Sabeeh and Mohammad Al-Fares pose after sign­ing the pro­to­col agree­ment.

KUWAIT: The of­fi­cials pose for a group photo dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony.

Eco­nomic and So­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Hind Al-Sabeeh

Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Mohammad Al-Fares

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