Malawian Airlines is set to make history today with an all-female cabin crew of Malawi’s national aviation carrier that will fly a Malawian Airlines jet from Blantyre, Malawi, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
There has never been such a flight in the history of the country and the airline.
According to a statement issued by the airlines chief executive officer, Ahadu Simachew, the day has been set aside to celebrate women in the workplace.
He further stated that every operation, air traffic control, cabin, check-in, customer care, and ground handling will be also performed by women.
“We place immense respect on women and we are an ardent supporter of women empowerment and gender equality. That is why we have over the years made deliberate efforts to increase diversity in the cockpit by training more women pilots to inspire more girls to take up careers in aviation,” Simachew said.
Captain Yolanda Kaunda and Lusekelo Mwenifumbo will fly a Bombadier Q-400 passenger aircraft in the anticipated flight which will make a stopover at Lilongwe, and then land in Dar es Salaam.
Zimbabwe also made history in 2015 after Air Zimbabwe’s Boeing 737 was piloted by an all-female flight crew who flew from Harare to Victoria Falls.