Ethiopian operates all-women flight to US to inspire African pilots

Ethiopia Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines operated an all-women crew flight on 7 March 2020 to Washington DC, USA to highlight the airline’s progress in empowering African women.

The Ethiopian female flight crew flew the B777 from Addis Ababa to the US capital while other female professionals handled all the ground operations including flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, on-board logistics, safety and security, catering as well as air traffic control.

Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “Ethiopian firmly believes that such remarkable flights inspire African women and young girls to dream big and realise their dreams not only in aviation, but also in science, technology, engineering, art and other fields.

“While we celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women in Africa, we take a bold move towards further championing gender equality in Ethiopia and Africa at large.”

Ethiopian has been operating all-female flights since 2015. The airline has so far flown to Bangkok, Kigali, Lagos, Buenos Aires and Oslo with all female crew.