The all-female Ethiopian Airlines crew made their inaugural flight to Bangkok Thailand in November
Lagos – Ethiopian Airlines has announced it would be flying an all female-manned crew aircraft into Nigeria on December 16, 2017 as part of efforts to encourage the participation of more Nigerian women in the aviation industry.
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“We are proud to announce our first all-women flight to Nigeria which is expected to leave for Lagos, Nigeria from Addis Ababa on December 16, 2017,” the airline said in a statement made available to Daily Sun.
“Women are expected to fill every role on the flight; from the pilots and cabin crew (air host and hostesses) to the in-flight ramp operators, as well as flight dispatchers on the ground will all be women.
This will also be the first time Ethiopian Airlines will be operating an all-women flight in Africa,” the airline added. The statement quoted the Pilot-in-Command of the flight, Captain Amsale Gualu (Ms) as saying “This flight shows us that if women get equal opportunities and work hard I am sure they can achieve whatever they want in all fields including the aviation industry.”
The all-female crew has Ms. Tigist Kibret as First Officer (Co-pilot) and both female pilots will be flying the latest Boeing 777 into Lagos. In a continent where few women have dared to enter the highly male-dominated profession of piloting, Captain Amsale Guale, in 2010 become the first Ethiopian female captain that flew an Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier aircraft from Addis Ababa to Gondar.
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Ethiopian Airlines says it wants to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African women to pursue careers in the aviation industry with the all-female flight into Nigeria.
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