Africa’s biggest carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Captain Kalkidan Girma for becoming the first Ethiopian female Captain of Airbus A350.
Prior to her current promotion, she has been a Captain on the Boeing 737.
Captain Girma was also instrumental in leading the all-female flight of the airline during that international Women’s Day.
The historical flight was operated by Ethiopian Airlines women professionals from flight deck all the way to the ground including airport operations, flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, on-board logistics, safety and security, catering as well as air traffic control, which will be carried out entirely by women.
Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “We are immensely honored 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 honor 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 right position in all human endeavor by creating the right conditions and through all inclusive engagements models.”