Etihad Airways has just promoted one of its most experienced female first officers to the rank of Captain.
Etihad Airways has made history by promoting 1 of its few female pilots to captain. Aisha Al Mansoori was the first officer for Etihad until being promoted to captain this week.
She is the 1st female captain to fly for Etihad and is the 1st female airline captain native to the UAE. Her promotion ceremony was held at Etihad’s crew briefing center. Her family, along with colleagues and airline executives, were in attendance. Since joining the airline in 2007, she has set multiple milestones for the airline. Over 2 decades, she has gained sufficient experience and knowledge to become a qualified captain for the airline.
1st female airline captain who is a native of the UAE
A new milestone has just been achieved in the UAE’s aviation history. This week 1st officer Aisha Al Mansoori completed the required training and testing to become a captain at Etihad Airways. This promotion makes her the 1st female captain to work for Etihad and the 1st female airline captain who is a native of the UAE.
The promotion was bestowed during the airline’s command upgrade ceremony. The ceremony took place at the airline’s crew briefing center. The newly appointed captain’s family members were in attendance, along with airline executives and fellow pilots. She will start her new schedule as captain on August 28th.
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Al Mansoori joined the airline as a cadet in 2007. In 2010, she graduated from training and embarked on her 1st airline flight as a first officer aboard an Airbus A320. Through years of dedication and hard work, she gained the required knowledge, skills, and flight time to become a captain at Etihad. This was the second major accomplishment she made for females in aviation. She previously became the 1st UAE national female pilot to fly the Airbus A380.
Al Mansoori’s historic feats will help pave the future for women in aviation in the UAE and the Middle East. Etihad has shared how it is proud to support Al Mansoori achieve her goal of becoming a captain and further women’s roles in aviation in its home nation. The Chief Operating Officer at Etihad Aviation Group, Mohammad Al Bulooki, said,
“Etihad is extremely proud of Captain Aisha’s achievement and the trailblazing role she is playing for females in aviation in the UAE. She will no doubt be the 1st of many, and Etihad looks forward to welcoming more female pilots to the rank of Captain in the future.
“Aviation is gender blind, and to prove oneself, Etihad’s pilots undergo intensive exams and meet strict needs on flying hours to provide the highest standards of training in international aviation are upheld. Aisha earned her rank and will no doubt inspire her fellow Emiratis and young women around the world to follow their dreams in aviation.”
At the ceremony, Al Mansoori thanked Etihad for providing this opportunity for her. She also shared that she was proud to help pioneer the future of female aviation in the UAE. She stated,
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to join Etihad’s Cadet Pilot program and grow my career over the years with Etihad. I am thankful for the tremendous help I have received from my instructors at Etihad and for their guidance through my training, which has shaped my skills and prepared me for the rank of Captain.”
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