By Dr. Sinclair Grey III
Whenever history is about to take place, people need to know about it. What’s even more awesome is when that history is being made by women of color, the world needs to stand up and salute them for their courage, bravery, and determination.
For so long, seeing women of color in the aviation business has been a wish for many people, especially when it comes to management and executive leadership. Let’s face it – it’s difficult finding an African American owned airline in the United States. There were a couple in the past, but they were unable to sustain and eventually closed down.
On Nov 19th, Ethiopian Airlines will be making history. How so? It will be operating a flight handled by women. That’s right; every aspect and dimension of the flight will be handled by women. This will happen on the Addis Ababa – Bangkok route.
Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said in a statement:
“It is a great honor for us to have competent Women Aviation Professionals at Ethiopian in every aspect of the aviation field, which portrays Ethiopian as gender responsive organization that strives to pursue its underlying stance of being an equal opportunity employer. We are very proud of their achievements and contributions and it is our sincere belief that this will continue with an enhanced magnitude and passion to sustain Ethiopian on its fast growth trajectory.
Above all, 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. Women are the continent’s greatest untapped resources, and we are hereby fully dedicated to ensure the increase number of women in decision making positions on top of key operational areas by consistently grooming and mentoring successor female employees for top managerial, technical and operational positions. We invite the whole world to watch our all-female operated long haul flight to and from Bangkok.”