March 8 marks the International Women’s Day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. Various programs are conducted to celebrate the International Women’s Day around the globe.
Aviation industry also celebrates Int’l Women’s Day as women have huge contribution towards airline industry in the form of pilot, cabin crew, ground staff, operational staff and other related jobs.
Airline operators around the world celebrated the day by operating all-female flight. Legacy airline British Airways operated the UK’s biggest ever all-female flight to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).
The flight from London Heathrow to Glasgow took off on Monday 6 March with 61 women involved – including baggage handlers, pilots, cabin crew, flight managers, loaders and push back teams, security, check in and airport teams.
Nepali private carrier Yeti Airlines also operated an all-women crew flight from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa in commemoration of the International Women’s Day, 2018.
Likewise, Indian carriers such as Air India Express, Vistara, SpiceJet Ltd and Air India Ltd conducted an all-women crew flight on Thursday to celebrate International Women’s Day.
A number of women-related events has also been organized by airline operators throughout its network to mark the occasion – reiterating the airline’s constant endeavor to encourage women to have an equal standing in every sphere of the airline’s activities.
Although female pilots only make up less percent of commercial pilots in the world, women have been working in aviation industries around the world since the beginnings of air travel.
Traditionally, however, women’s jobs in aviation were limited to non-flying roles such as flight attendants, flight simulation training and air traffic control.