On the 16th of December, 2017, Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 777 flight from Addis Ababa to Lagos will for the first time have an all-female crew, the first in Africa. This simply means that all roles, from the pilots and cabin crew to in-flight ramp operations as well as flight dispatchers on the ground would be filled by women.
According to one of the airlines’pilots, Capt. Amsale Gualu, during an earlier all-female operated flight to Bangkok from Addis Ababa, “This flight shows us that if women get equal opportunities and work hard, I’m sure they can achieve whatever they want in all fields including the aviation industry.”
It would be recalled that in July 2017, Ethiopian airlines was named the BEST airline in Africa by The Skytrax World Airline Awards who compiled a list from world regions using global ratings. It has also recorded a 25 percent average growth rate in the past seven years.