Ethiopian Airlines to operate All-Women Flight
Ethiopian Airlines has concluded arrangements to ooperate an All-Women Flight on November 19, 2015 on the Addis Ababa – Bangkok route.
The Airline said the historic flight is aimed at crystalising Ethiopian corporate conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth” and it is the first of its kind in Ethiopian 70 years of service.
The flight will be operated by an All Female crew led by Female Flight deck crew members and senior female executives on board that flight.
Ethiopian Airlines revealed further that on ground Flight preparations will also be conducted by only females Cabin Operations, Airport Operations, Flight Dispatcher, Load Controller, Ramp Operations, On-board logistics, Aviation Safety and Security, Ticket Offices, Catering, Air Traffic Controllers as well as Global Call Center.
In his remarks, group chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam stated that, “it is a great honor for us to have competent Women Aviation Professionals at Ethiopian in every aspect of the aviation field, which portrays Ethiopian as gender responsive organisation that strives to pursue its underlying stance of being an equal opportunity employer. We are very proud of their achievements and contributions and it is our sincere belief that this will continue with an enhanced magnitude and passion to sustain Ethiopian on its fast growth trajectory.”
He stated further that: “this is an ample opportunity to inspire young African female students to believe in their dreams and embark to fill the skill gap for Aviation professionals. Women are the continent’s greatest untapped resources, and hereby fully dedicated to ensure the increase number of women in decision making positions on top of key operational areas by consistently grooming and mentoring successor female employees for top managerial, technical and operational positions. We invite the whole world to watch our all-female operated long haul flight to and from Bangkok.”
Ethiopian Airlines has created a conducive situation for new mothers, by launching a Nursing Room equipped with modern amenities; comfortable reclining chairs, and refrigerators for the storage of breast milk.
New electronic breast pumps are also distributed to new mothers.
“The fact that female employees comprise 30 percent of the total Ethiopian employee population signifies Ethiopian core value of equal opportunity employer”, the airline said.