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Some members of an all-female Ethiopian Airlines crew who will fly together on International Women's Day. (Twitter/@flyethiopian)

‘Africa’s greatest resource’

Ethiopian Airlines to celebrate International Women’s Day with flight entirely staffed by women

By WITW Staff on March 1, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to honor International Women’s Day on March 8 by making a flight from Addis Ababa to Oslo, Norway via Stockholm with an all-women flight crew. Every role involved in the flight — including pilots, airport operations, flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, onboard logistics, safety and security, catering, and air traffic control — will be performed by women, according to the Ethiopian News Agency.

In a statement, the national carrier said that they hoped the all-women flight will help “show the power of women to the world.”

“We are immensely honoured that we have women trailblazers in every aspect of our aviation field. Women are an integral part of our success story from the start and with this dedicated flight we honour and celebrate their indispensable contribution to our aviation Group and the broader aviation industry, our country and the continent at large,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “Although women are Africa’s greatest resource, gender inequality still persists in our continent. Therefore, we all need to ensure that women take their rightful position in all human endeavour by creating the right conditions and through all-inclusive engagement models.”

In 2015, Ethiopian airlines operated using an all-female flight crew for the first time in its 70-year history for a flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok, Thailand. According to Voice of America, thirty-one percent of the airliner’s staff are women.

Read the full story at Face2Face Africa.

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