Ethiopian Airlines first female Captain, Amsale Gualu has said flying for Africa’s biggest and most profitable carrier, has given her the opportunity to travel to places she wouldn’t have been able to see.
Amsale Gualu recently won the Africa Travel 100 Women Award organised by Akwaaba African Travel Market and Atqnews.com.
In 2010, Amsale Gualu became the first female captain on Dash Q400 and from there a captain on B767 and also fly B777 and B787.
In November 2015, Captain Amsale made history for a second time, leading an all-female crew in a flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok.
The “daughters of Lucy” fully operated the journey, both on ground and in the sky — from supplying flight-deck and cabin crew to flight dispatchers, baggage handlers, air-traffic controllers and all the rest.
According to Selamta the ET Magazine “The flight confirmed Ethiopian’s corporate conviction surrounding female empowerment for sustainable growth on the eve of the airline’s 70th anniversary.
Her Thoughts on becoming the first female ET captain in 2010: “I’m both happy and proud of the fact. I am especially happy that my achievement has drawn a lot of attention and reinforced the idea that women are capable of chasing and realizing their dreams through hard work, even in a profession that is traditionally dominated by men.
“Most exciting part about flying for Ethiopian: “I have the chance to see so many places — places that it would have been difficult for me to see,“ Captain Amsale said.
In 2017, the amiable Captain also led an all-female flight from Addis Ababa to Lagos. She repeated the feat in 2018, when she led an all-female flight to Buenos Aires Argentina to mark the International Women’s Day.”
She received her Award from the Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market Ambassador Ikechi Uko