Ethiopian dispatches all-female crew to man historic intra-Africa flight


ETHIOPIAN Airlines is set to make history with an all-female crew for a trip within African. The Ethiopia national carrier has announced that the special crew will man a Nigeria-bound flight.

The entire team managing the flight will comprise women, from the pilots and cabin crew to in flight ramp operations as well as flight dispatchers on the ground.

The December 16 flight from the capital Addis Ababa will head to Lagos, the commercial capital of Africa’s most populous nation.

‘This flight shows us that if women get equal opportunities and work hard, I’m sure they can achieve whatever they want in all fields including the aviation industry,’ one employee said.

But Ethiopian has a history in offering all-female flights. In late 2015, a similar crew flew passengers from Addis Ababa to the Thai capital, Bangkok.

At the time, Captain Amsale Gualu and co-pilot, Selam Tesfaye were handed the task of flying the crew and passengers. The historic nature of the mission lit up the face of Tesfaye who said she was happy to be part of the feat. ‘Its a legendary day for Ethiopian Airlines,’ she stressed.

They are the first operators on the continent to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline currently flies to over 50 African cities in what is the largest network by an African national carrier.

Two major decisions made recently by the carrier include switching fully to digital processes in its operations and also the provision of free Wi-Fi access for travellers using its main hub, the Bole International Airport in the capital Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian – a member of the Star Alliance group in its seven decades of operation has become one of the continent’s leading carriers in terms of efficiency and operational success.

They command the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents.


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