The Daughters of Lucy will once again control African skies on March 8 - 5 March, 2016

Ethiopian Airlines will mark International Women’s day, March 8, with an All-Women Operated Flight dispatched on the Addis Ababa – Kigali route. The flight is aimed at further strengthening Ethiopian corporate conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth”.


The Sky  Lucies will operate the flight fully on the ground and in the sky…. from flight deck crew members and Cabin Operations to Airport Operations; Flight Dispatcher; Load Controller; Ramp Operations; On-board logistics; Aviation Safety and Security; Ticket Offices; Catering; Air Traffic Controllers and Global Call Center.

Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam , said, “We are thrilled to mark March 8 with an All Women Operated Flight, which reaffirms nonexistence of Gender specific profession, if equal opportunity for education is ensured for all. We sincerely believe that Education is the greatest equalizer in the 21st Century and that is the rationale for us to build an internationally recognized training center, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, which has the capacity to train 4000 students annually with all the latest and next generation aviation technology training machines and facilities. We are now in a position to better serve the continent’s young men and women and equip them to win in the 21st century African Aviation development. Above all, we want to inspire African girls to seriously think about careers as pilots, aircraft technicians, Cabin Crew, aircraft Engineers, aviation leadership etc”

“The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. To date, aviation is still a male-dominated industry, we shall strive to step up the balance and ensure for our daughters and sisters that the sky is not the limit anymore.”

Ethiopian is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and fairness by providing equal opportunity in every area of its operation. Currently, Ethiopian has around 3000 women employees, which account for nearly 30% of its total workforce.

Ethiopian has conducted an All Women Operated flight to Bangkok on November 19, 2015.


About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Mrs. Hanna Atnafu

Manager Corporate Communications

Ethiopian Airlines

Tel: (251-1) 517-89-07/656/165/913/529