An Ethiopian Airlines flight 901, departed from Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa to Lagos, Nigeria. Flight dispatchers, check-in staff, pilots and cabin crew, all involved for this historic flight were females.
The Boeing 777 widebody aircraft, took around five and a half hours. The flight was arranged by Ethiopian Airlines as part of a push to encourage women in Africa to pursue a career in aviation. At the moment, aviation is an industry which is currently dominated by men.However, this was not the first all-female flight that the airline has operated. In 2015, Ethiopian operated an international service to Bangkok, Thailand, with a flight operated by the same female captain, Amsale Gualu.
A spokesperson said: “Women are the continent’s greatest untapped resources, and hereby fully dedicated to ensuring the increased number of woman in decision-making positions.” The airline currently employs around 14,000 people, with a third of those being women. The majority of these women, however, work as cabin crew and check in staff, as opposed to flight crew and engineers. A scenario the airline is hoping to change with the help of events like these.