Ethiopian Airlines has given women another chance to prove that they are capable as they marked the International Women’s Day by making their women only flight to Kigali on March 8.
The all-women operated flight dispatched on the Addis Ababa – Kigali route will be used to prove to the world that women can also do it under Ethiopian corporate conviction of "women empowerment for sustainable growth".
However, the operation will not be limited to only the flight crew but also women will operate the flight fully both on the ground and in the sky.
According to a press release from the company, Ethiopians will be using women personnel from the flight deck crew members and cabin operations to airport operations that include flight dispatcher, load controller, ramp operations, on-board logistics, aviation safety and security, ticket offices, catering, air traffic controllers and global call center.
"We are thrilled to mark March 8 with an all women operated flight, which reaffirms nonexistence of gender specific profession, if equal opportunity for education is ensured for all. We sincerely believe that Education is the greatest equalizer in the 21st century and that is the rationale for us to build an internationally recognized training center. Above all, we want to inspire African girls to seriously think about careers as pilots, aircraft technicians, cabin crew, aircraft engineers, aviation leadership among others," said Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam.
Tewolde said that though aviation is still a male-dominated industry, they shall strive to step up the balance and ensure for our daughters and sisters that the sky is not the limit anymore.
Ethiopian conducted an all women operated flight to Bangkok on November 19, 2015.