ET to Mark March 8 with All Women Operated Flight

Ethiopian Airlines will mark the International Women’s Day, March 8, with an All-Women Operated Flight dispatched on the Addis Ababa – Kigali route.

The flight is aimed at further strengthening Ethiopian’s corporate conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth”. Women staff members will operate the flight fully on the ground and in the sky, from flight deck crew members and Cabin Operations to Airport Operations; Flight Dispatcher; Load Controller; Ramp Operations; On-board Logistics; Aviation Safety and Security; Ticket Offices; Catering; Air Traffic Controllers and Global Call Center.

Commenting on the planned flight, Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “We are thrilled to mark March 8 with an All Women Operated Flight, which reaffirms the nonexistence 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 4000 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. Above all, we want to inspire African girls to seriously think about careers as pilots, aircraft technicians, cabin crew, aircraft engineers, aviation leadership, etc.

 “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.”

 Ethiopian is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and fairness by providing equal opportunity in every area of its operations. Currently, Ethiopian has around 3000 women employees, which account for nearly 30% of its total workforce. Ethiopian conducted its first All Women Operated flight to Bangkok on November 19, 2015.