BY ARIS FOLLEY
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline, celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday with a flight operated entirely by women.
The airline announced on Twitter that its recent flight from Addis Ababa to Oslo, Norway, was made with an all-women crew.
The airline said on Facebook earlier this week that the flight was operated by women from “flight deck to the ground including airport operations, flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, on-board logistics, safety and security, catering as well as traffic control.”
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GabreMariam told the BBC that the airline’s aim behind the initiative was to celebrate women on a continent where “gender inequality still persists.”
“We are immensely honored that we have women trailblazers in every aspect of our aviation field,” GabreMariam said.
“Women are an integral part of our success story from the start, and with this dedicated flight we honor and celebrate their indispensable contribution to our aviation group and the broader aviation industry, our country and the continent at large,” he added.
The airline has also reportedly staffed previous all-women crews on flights to Bangkok; Kigali, Rwanda; Lagos, Nigeria; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.