Ethiopian Airlines is set to operate its first all Women flight to Nigeria. Women are expected to fill every role on the flight including the pilots, cabin crew, ramp operators and flight dispatchers.
This will also be the first time ET will be operating an all women flight in Africa. The flight expected to leave for Lagos, Nigeria from Addis Ababa on the 16th of December, will have on board some selected Nigerian journalists.
The pilot, Captain Amsale Gualu had earlier said in another all Women operated flight to Bangkok: "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."
The all female crew which also has Tigist Kibret as the First Officer, will be flying the Boeing 777-300ER.
In a country where few women have dared to enter the highly male-dominated profession of piloting, Captain Amsale Guale, in 2010 become the first Ethiopian female captain by flying an Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier from Addis Ababa to Gondar.
Ethiopian Airlines says it wants to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African women to pursue aviation careers.
Although one-third of its employees are women, the figure is smaller when it comes to positions such as pilots and technicians, says Ethiopian Airlines.