Ethiopian Airlines made history by operating an all-female flight crew within Africa last Saturday, from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.
Every role on the flight was filled by women, including the pilots, cabin crew, in-flight ramp agents, and on-ground flight dispatchers. Amsale Gualu, the Ethiopian Airlines pilot who the led historic flight became the airline’s first female captain in 2010.
This is the first time the airline has dispatched an exclusively female-operated flight within Africa as the last one was from Addis Ababa to Bangkok, in 2015. The goal is to encourage African women to pursue careers in the male-dominated aviation industry.
Lately, the Ethiopian carrier, which commands the biggest share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network, has been making major changes to its processes, including fully digitizing its operations and providing free Wi-Fi to all customers using its main hub.
Aside from Ethiopian, other airlines have made similar strides with all-female crews. In March 2017, Malawi Air flew its first ever all-female crew from Blantyre, Mawali to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.2017.