Ethiopian airlines runs all-women operated flight on International Women’s Day

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A women-only operated flight with Ethiopian airlines flew from Addis Ababa to Oslo on International Women’s Day. (Ethiopian Airlines/Twitter)

The women of Ethiopian Airlines ruled the skies in an all-female operated flight from Addis Ababa to Oslo.

The plane touched down in Oslo Friday afternoon, and received a friendly reception from Diplomats and the Ethiopian community in Norway, the airline Tweeted.

The flight was announced on the airline’s social media, with a reference to the Beatles’ song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds: “The Lucys are about to control the skies for the 5th time, flying to Oslo on the coming March 8.”

Female professionals operated the flight from the sky as well as on the ground, the airline said on Facebook. This means airport operations, flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, on-board logistics, safety and security, catering as well as air-traffic control were all carried out by women.

Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GabreMariam explained that the initiative celebrates women on a continent where “gender inequality still persists”.

“We are immensely honoured that we have women trailblazers in every aspect of our aviation field,” he said.

“Women are an integral part of our success story from the start, and with this dedicated flight we honour and celebrate their indispensable contribution to our aviation group and the broader aviation industry, our country and the continent at large.”

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