Ethiopian Airlines will mark this year’s International Women’s Day, which falls today with an all-women operated flight dispatched on the Addis Ababa – Kigali route.
The flight is aimed at further strengthening Ethiopian corporate conviction of ‘Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth.’
The women named Sky Lucies will operate the flight fully on the ground and in the sky.
They would be in charge of cabin operations, airport operations, flight dispatch, load control, ramp operations, on-board logistics, aviation safety and security, ticket offices, catering, air traffic control and global call center.
Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are thrilled to mark March 8 with an All Women Operated Flight, which reaffirms non-existence of gender specific profession, if equal opportunity for education is ensured for all.
“We sincerely believe that education is the greatest equalizer in the 21st Century and that is the rationale for us to build an internationally recognized training center, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, which has the capacity to train 4,000 students annually with all the latest and next generation aviation technology training machines and facilities.
“We are now in a position to better serve the continent’s young men and women and equip them to win in the 21st century African Aviation development,” he said.
GebreMariam said the Airlines wants to inspire African girls to seriously think about careers as pilots, aircraft technicians, cabin crew, aircraft engineers and aviation leadership, among others.
“The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. To date, aviation is still a male-dominated industry, we shall strive to step up the balance and ensure for our daughters and sisters that the sky is not the limit anymore,” he said.
Currently, Ethiopian Airlines has around 3,000 women employees, which account for nearly 30 percent of its total workforce.
The Airlines on November 19, 2015 conducted its first All Women Operated flight to Bangkok.