Qatar Airways celebrated a landmark flight on Sunday as its scheduled service from Brussels to Doha was operated by a crew made up entirely of 15 women.
The Airbus A350 flight from the Belgian capital to the airline’s hub in Qatar was the first time all crew members – from the cockpit right through to the cabin – had a 100 per cent female roster, said a press release.The airline recently announced a ten-year partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the launch of the ‘IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards’, which promote greater gender diversification in the aviation industry.
Qatar Airways has committed to supporting the awards for the next decade, as it recognises the need to encourage women to succeed and excel at all levels of the industry. The first winners will be announced at the IATA AGM in June.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is committed to promoting gender diversity, both within our airline and the industry as a whole. Our flight from Brussels to Doha is a testament to our wider goal of ensuring that women are equally represented at Qatar Airways, and recognises that the most advanced societies include women in the highest ranks of leadership.”
Commenting on the flight, European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, said: “Women in transport are under-represented, constituting less than 5 per cent of female pilots globally.” Speaking on the day of the flight, Member of the European Parliament Isabella De Monte, said: “Qatar Airways’ all-female crew flight departing today from the capital of Europe, the historical land of social rights and gender equality, highlights the airline’s commitment to align with the spirit of the EU-Qatar Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement.”