On December 16, 2017, Ethiopian Airlines operated its first ever domestic flight within Africa, from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Lagos in Nigeria, which was entirely staffed by female crew.

By Jess McHugh (Travel+Leisure) |

Ethiopian Airlines ran a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Lagos, Nigeria, operated entirely by women last week.

While it was not the first all-woman flight crew to operate a flight within Africa — Malawi Air accomplished that feat in March — the occasion was historic for Ethiopian Airlines, as the carrier urged more women to join its ranks, local news outlets reported.

The African carrier accomplished a similar feat when women operated every aspect of an international flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok in 2015. The pilot and co-pilot, crew, and even the air traffic controllers were all women.

“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,” an Ethiopian Airlines spokesperson said in 2015, after the first all woman flight. “Women are the continent’s greatest untapped resources.”

Captain Amsale Gualu, the pilot who captained both of all-female crew flights for Ethiopian Airlines, said she had dreamed of becoming a pilot since a very young age.

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