Only the female crew to fly Ethiopian Airlines on Women’s Day
Today is the International Women’s Day and it is celebrated on March 8 every year. The International Women’s Day was initiated by the United Nations in 1975 however the March 8 date was fixed in 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim the day as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. Ever since then, the International Women’s Day has been celebrated yearly.
Today, Africa’s largest and fastest growing airline, Ethiopian Airlines has decided to mark its International Women’s Day by operating an all-female crew from Addis-Ababa to Stockholm-Oslo, Norway. This is a welcome development that has received commendations from around the world for its memorable decision.
The airline made the announcement in the month of February as a way they will mark the special day. The flight from Addis-Ababa to Oslo will consist of a crew whose cockpit, airport operations, passenger control, flight deck crew, safety, catering staff, etc. will be 100 percent female.
Ethiopian Airlines revealed that the theme of this Women’s Day flight is “all women functioned flight to operate from the continent of Africa to meet their counterparts in Europe to show the power of women to the world.”
When it comes to making history within the aviation sector, Ethiopian Airlines is always a step ahead. In December 2017, its first flight “operated by women in all roles” flew for the first time within Africa, from Addis Ababa to Lagos. In 2018, to celebrate the International Women’s Day, Ethiopian Airlines had an all-female crew that flew from Addis Ababa to Buenos Aires.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “We are immensely honored that we have women trailblazers in every aspect of our aviation field. 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. Although women are Africa’s greatest resource, gender inequality still persists in our continent. Therefore, we all need to ensure that women take their right position in all human endeavor by creating the right conditions and through all-inclusive engagements models.”