Move over Zimbabwe — Ethiopia’s women are taking the skies by storm, too! On November 18, Ethiopia Airlines announced that for the first time in the company’s 70-year history, an all-female crew operated an intercontinental flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok, Thailand. From planning to ground service to the cockpit, where Captain Amsale Gualu was assisted by co-pilot Selam Tesfaye, all hands on deck were female. “This is an ample opportunity to inspire young African female students to believe in their dreams and embark to fill the skill gap for aviation professionals,” Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines, said in a statement. Gebremariam invited “the whole world” to join in celebration of the flight, calling women “the continent’s greatest untapped resources.”
Thirty-one percent of Ethiopian Airlines staff are women. The company also recently implemented a “more conducive situation” for new mothers on staff, handing out new electronic breast pumps and installing a nursing room equipped with refrigerators for milk.
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