Aviation news: First lady captain now flying for Ethiopian Airlines

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(eTN) – Last week saw information coming from Addis Ababa that Ethiopian Airlines (ET), one of the oldest aviation companies on the African continent, has at last appointed their first lady captain, Ms. Amsale Endegnanew.

After serving as first officer and flying Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft, she is now in command of a Bombardier Q400 aircraft, which is used to serve on domestic routes across Ethiopia and can also be deployed on regional routes out of the airline’s Addis Ababa hub.

Ms. Amsale reportedly joined ET 10 years ago when affirmative action brought in female fliers. According to one source, the airline presently has a further 4 lady first officers and has plans to employ several more in the future.

Ethiopian has recently become an applicant member of the global Star Alliance and having ladies in the cockpit and in the left seat is another step forward in offering equal opportunities for women aspiring to become pilots.