Today, March 8, an all female crew operated the Air Seychelles flight from Paris to Mahe, cockpit and cabin. This extraordinary staffing of a B767-300 also marked a celebration of equal opportunities, as the Seychelles national airline continues to absorb more women into their work places.
The flight also carried six French prize winners who participated in a quiz published by Le Parisien, the largest French newspaper. The winners were flown by Air Seychelles to Mahe, and Le Meridien Hotels will provide the accommodation for them, all organized by the Seychelles Tourist Board as part of their efforts to cement their position in the crucial French holiday market.
The first such flight, according to airline sources, was operated in 2007 when Captain Nicole Chang Leng took command of her first flight as captain, and she was again in the captain’s seat this time round, with First Officer Lishad Matharu as second in command. The same source also confirmed that out of the 800 staff employed by Air Seychelles, over 400 are women. Cause for celebrations indeed.
Meanwhile, a large delegation of the Seychelles Tourist Board in Berlin is attending the world’s largest tourism trade show, ITB, which takes place this week in Germany’s capital city.