Women are about to take the lead at every level of Ethiopian Airlines later this week when the carrier begins flying all-women operated flights from Addis Ababa to Bangkok.
According to the airline, women will handle every aspect of the flight operation from the crew members and pilots onboard, to flight dispatchers, ramp operators, aviation safety and security, and air traffic controllers on the ground.
Approximately 30 percent of Ethiopian Airlines’ employees are women, and Tewolde GebreMariam, the company’s CEO, said the move only solidifies the company’s manta, “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth.”
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 organization 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.
Above all, 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.
In addition to the all-women operated flights, Ethiopian Airlines has also stepped up its amenities for new mothers on long haul flights. The carrier recently installed nursing rooms equipped with reclining chairs, breast pumps, refrigerators for the storage of breast milk.