Times of Oman
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Oman Air backs women at work
October 26, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Women are making a vital contribution to Oman Air’s ongoing success and are increasingly taking up positions at highest levels of management. - Supplied photo

Muscat: Oman Air has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting women at the workplace.
The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman pursues a proactive policy of recognising talented and qualified women and providing appropriate levels of support to assist them in excelling within their chosen careers.

The percentage of women employed by the airline currently stands at more than 30 per cent,  representing a range of roles, including cabin crew, flight operations, engineering, airport management, airport services, marketing, customer services, sales and communications.

Oman Air's positive approach to the employment and career development of women is in line with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said's directives regarding the empowerment of women, as mirrored in broader Omani society. The country is now recognised as one of the Gulf region's leading supporters of gender equality.

Oman Air's Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Pearce, added, "For some time, Oman Air has been in the vanguard of recognising the talent, experience and commitment that women offer within the field of employment. We have worked hard to ensure that their contributions and achievements are recognised and that barriers to progress are removed.

"As a result, women are making a vital contribution in every area of our operations, to Oman Air's ongoing success, and are increasingly taking up positions at highest levels of management, both at Oman Air and with subsequent employers.

Continuing commitment
"It is, therefore, a pleasure and an honour to reaffirm our commitment to employing women throughout Oman Air, to thank the many women who have contributed so much to Oman Air's success, and to welcome those women who have just joined us."

One employee who has seen Oman Air emerge as an acclaimed international carrier, following its time as a regional airline, is Jamila Al Hassani, Staff Travel Manager, Commercial Unit.

She said: "I have worked with Oman Air for more than 20 years and during that time I have seen it undergo many changes, not least in terms of the number of women it employs and the positions they now occupy within the company. When I first started, there were few women on the payroll and they were mainly employed as flight attendants.

 "Now, of course, there are still a lot of women employed as flight attendants, but there are also women in key positions throughout the company, playing a really important role in Oman Air's success. It makes me really proud, both as a woman and as a member of Oman Air's staff, and the example being set for younger women is incredibly positive."

Oman Air's commitment to employing and supporting women in the workplace is part of a broader human resources strategy for recognising the skills and abilities, regardless of their backgrounds.

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