Ethiopian Airlines says it has finalised preparations to operate an all-women functioned flight to Oslo, Norway, in celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day.
The airline said the flight would take Addis Ababa – Stockholm – Oslo route on March 8, and would have as a theme, “All women functioned flight to operate from the continent of Africa to meet with their counterparts in Europe to show the power of women to the world.”
Ethiopian Airlines had operated four flights to Bankok, Kigali, Lagos, and Buenos Aires, which were operated by women aviation professionals.
In December 2017, Ethiopian Airlines had also operated an all-female crew flight to Lagos, using a Boeing 777 aircraft.
According to the airline, the Oslo flight, described as historical, will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines women professionals from flight deck to the ground, including airport operations, flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, onboard logistics, safety and security, catering as well as air traffic control, which will be carried out entirely by women.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “We are immensely honoured 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 honour 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 rightful position in all human endeavours by creating the right conditions and through all-inclusive engagement models.”