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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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Convidado:
21 de set. de 2022

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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.

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kasarokcaesar
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.

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10 de nov. de 2022