International Women’s Day: Ethiopian Airlines to fly all-women crew

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By Elizabeth Uwandu

History will be made as Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest Airline is set to operate an all-female crew flight on its Addis Ababa- Stockholm-Oslo route to mark the International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8.

The ET’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gebre-Mariam in a statement last weekend in Abuja said that the all-women flight would have its theme as “All women functioned flight” to operate from the continent of Africa to meet with counterparts in Europe to show the power of women to the world.

He added that the historical flight would be operated by the airline’s women professionals from the flight deck to the ground, including airport operations.

Others are flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, onboard logistics, safety and security, catering as well as air traffic control.

“We are immensely honoured that we have women trailblazers in every aspect of our aviation field.

“We honour and celebrate their indispensable contributions to our aviation group and the broader aviation industry of our country and the continent at large.

“Although women are Africa’s greatest resource, gender inequality still persists in our continent.

“Therefore, we all need to ensure that women take their rightful position in all human endeavours by creating the right conditions and through all-inclusive engagement models,” he said.

Gebre-Mariam noted the airline currently operated five weekly flights to Oslo, Norway via Stockholm with ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner, also operated four flights to Bangkok, Kigali, Lagos, and Buenos Aires, and flew by women aviation professionals.

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