Five minutes with Faisal Alboinin
Written by Heba Hashem
The first Qatari A350 XWB licensed engineer, Faisal Alboinin, is one of the lucky few who gets to work first-hand with the world’s newest wide-body passenger aircraft. Away from the inspection site, Alboinin is a high-achiever with endless ambition.
Why did you choose to become an aircraft mechanical engineer?
When I graduated from high school, it was my lifetime dream to become a mechanical engineer, and one of the fields that attracted me the most was aircraft engineering. I joined Qatar Aeronautical College, where I studied for two and a half years, underwent job training for two years, and applied to become an aircraft engineer. It’s a challenging field; technology is continuously evolving, and it combines both mechanical and electrical engineering.
What are the must-have qualities to be an aircraft engineer?
Self-confidence and integrity, because you’re dealing with an aircraft, which needs to be in a remarkable condition. And of course, knowledge. You must always be up to date and follow aviation standards and regulations, which are vital to ensure passenger safety. Qatar Airways has a very stringent procedure for a person to become an aircraft engineer. It took me personally seven years from college until I was qualified to work with and certify aircraft.
What fascinates you about the A350?
The Airbus A350 is unlike any other aircraft. Since Qatar Airways was the first operator of the A350, it was a great opportunity to prove myself, and a major step in my professional career.
Tell us about your ambitions.
I’m currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration programme with Massey University in New Zealand, sponsored by Qatar Airways. My ambition is to continue my studies with a doctorate, and advance within Qatar Airways so I can help enhance the organisation. I would also like to develop my personal business, which is an antiques and vintage store.
Where will you travel next, and why?
My next trip will be my honeymoon, and in May next year, I will visit New Zealand to attend my MBA graduation ceremony. In the future, I would like also to visit Canada and Croatia for outdoor activities, and Greece to explore its historical sights.
How do you like to unwind at the end of a long day?
After a long day of work is usually a long night of studying for my MBA. It’s a temporary phase to get results in the future. Generally, I enjoy swimming and jogging, as they are good ways to relax. During Ramadan, I often go to pray and spend more time with my family, especially my mother, who is my biggest motivator and supporter, as well as my wife, who always encourages me.