Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest Airline has announced plans to celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) by operating an all-female crew flight on its Addis Ababa–Stockholm–Oslo route on March 8.
The announcement was contained in a statement by ET’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde GebreMariam, released in Abuja on Friday.
GebreMariam 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 said that the historical flight would be operated by the airline’s women professionals from flight deck to the ground, including airport operations.
Others are flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, on-board 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.
“Women are an integral part of our success story from the start and with this dedicated flight.
“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 right position in all human endeavours by creating the right conditions and through all inclusive engagement models,” he said.
GebreMariam said that the airline currently operated five weekly flights to Oslo, Norway via Stockholm with ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Ethiopian Airlines had operated four flights to Bangkok, Kigali, Lagos, and Buenos Aires, which were operated by women aviation professionals.
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