The evening of Wednesday 18th November will mark another major historical milestone at Ethiopian Airlines (EAL), when they will be showing the world a fully women operated flight from their home base airport of Addis Ababa to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and return.

This EAL flight will be fully handled by women. On the ground this includes baggage handling, Maintenance & Engineering, load control, flight planning, cargo handling, ramp
coordination etc. Onboard the flight, it will be operated by a female captain and co-pilot, female cabin crew and female flight technicians etc.

EAL dedicated attitude and display to equal engagement and equal treatment in all aspects of life will mean a significant increase in global Economic growth. Ethiopian Airlines is inviting the world to watch this historical flight.

EAL is a former World Airline Awards winner, and is currently ranked as a 3-Star Airline. With the fleet revitalization and renewal program, EAL has targeted achieving the 4-Star Airline rating in the near future.


Here is the Press Release by Ethiopian Airlines


ET Lucies to control the skies on November 19, 2015

The daughters of Lucy will control the skies on November 19, 2015, flying an all women operated flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok. This historic flight is aimed at crystallizing Ethiopian corporate conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth” on the eve of our 70th year Anniversary.

Lucy, the world’s oldest hominid fossils, has come to verify that Ethiopia is not only a country of diverse cultures and ancient civilization, but also a country where humanity began, a country that holds the key of understanding human ancestry.

Today, ET Lucies of the sky will operate the flight fully on ground and in the sky from flight deck crew members and Cabin Operations to Airport Operations; Flight Dispatcher; Load Controller; Ramp Operations; Baggage Handling; Flight Planning; Cargo Handling; On-board logistics; Aviation Safety and Security; Ticket Offices; Catering; Air Traffic Controllers and Global Call Center. Ethiopian senior female executives will grace the event on-board the flight.

Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “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 both as a national pride for Ethiopia and a vital treasure for the world at large. 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. Our world has more 3.6 billion female population and equal engagement and equal treatment in all aspects of life will mean significant increase in global Economic growth 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. Gender Equality will be an important issue in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and we are already on board to push this noble cause.”


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