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Malawian Airlines Makes History With All-female Flight

Malawian Airlines has booked a place in the aviation history books with the successful operation of its first all-women operated and supported flight on Thursday 16 March, 2017.

The airline's Bombardier Q-400 which flew from Blantyre to Dar es Salaam and back was commanded by Malawi’s first female captain, Yolanda Ndala-Kaunda assisted by FO Lusekelo Mwenifumbo with flight technician Saba Solomon certifying take offs.

Control Towers at Kamuzu International Airport where a reception was held before take off for Dar es Salaam were in able hands of three women: Patricia Mwafulirwa, Chikondi Chadza and Jelia Kalinda.

Josephine Chapuma and Isabel Kamanga took care of the cabin completing the set of the all-women crew. Security, Check-in and fire fighting personnel were all women.

“I have been flying for nine years. And in the nine years, I was the only woman in the flight bag, so for me I am really happy that there is someone else who can join me and [I’m] hoping that there will even more in the coming years,” said visibly elated Captain Ndala-Kaunda.

In recent years, African women have been taking center-stage in the aviation industry both as cockpit crew, cabin crew and engineering crew.

In 2014, Kenya Airways’ fourth Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was flown from the Boeing assembly plant to Nairobi by an all-female crew with Captain Irene Koki Mutungi at the controls.

On 19 November, 2015, Ethiopian Airlines operated its first all-female-crew flight with a Boeing 767 service from Addis Ababa to Bangkok commanded by Captain Amsale Gualu.

Aerocontractors Airline of Nigeria, Air Zimbabwe and EgyptAir have all operated all-female-crew flights.

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Comments (25)

21 de set. de 2022

We just booked our QATAR 🇶🇦 HÔTEL yesterday for 2 différent short stars of 2 nights and 3 nights for the Final… . Not exactly cheap but ok price for 4.5 Stars luxury and in Doha Center City! Thanks and Good Luck everyone! Vamos MEXICO!


30 de set. de 2022

Wow! Stunning! Hilton seems to be taking Africa by storm. Just a couple of years back, they opened the first ever in Eswatini.


24 de out. de 2022

Wonderful event and topics discussed, hopefully we see the manifestations in our African airline businesses in the nearest future. Kudos to you all.


10 de nov. de 2022