Profile: Captain Salma Al Beloushi, First Emirati woman pilot

4179373266Captain Salma Al Beloushi is the First Emirati woman pilot, and one of many women forming the face of the modern UAE. It was a proud moment for all Emiratis when Salma Al Beloushi operated her first flight as a first officer for Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Athens on June 9, 2011.

It took years of dedication and hard work for Salma, who initially enrolled in a nursing academy to train as a nurse, to become the first Emirati female A320 co-pilot. “I saw an advertisement in a local newspaper from Etihad Airways and decided to apply for it, although I knew nothing about flying.”

Encouraged by her mother and other family members, Salma joined Etihad in 2007 as part of the airline’s second group of cadet pilots.

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