Etihad Pilot Creates History By Becoming UAE’s First Female Captain

by Deeplata Garde
Etihad Pilot Creates History By Becoming UAE’s First Female Captain

We are all aware that the Wright brothers are regarded as aviation pioneers. But now we are moving ahead to celebrate the women pioneers in the aviation industry. UAE has celebrated many milestones and this one came in recently.The nation introduced the UAE’s first female captain to fly commercially. The first woman on the block of Etihad is pilot Aisha Al Mansoori.

UAE’s First Female Captain

On August 28, Emirati Women’s Day, Al Mansoori will start performing her usual activities as a captain on commercial planes. The 33-year-old captain was one of just two UAE citizens in her batch when she enrolled in Etihad’s Cadet Pilot programme in October 2007. Aisha Al Mansoori completed the course effectively in 2010 and flew to Amman, Jordan, for her first trip on an Airbus A320.


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Al Mansoori has since advanced through the ranks, accruing the necessary flying time to qualify as a senior first officer.

She was the first woman from the UAE to pilot the Airbus A380 superjumbo passenger jet. She feels extremely fortunate to have had the chance to enrol in Etihad’s Cadet Pilot programme. It helped her develop her career there throughout the years. She is grateful for the excellent training she received from her professors at Etihad, who helped mould her skillset to prepare her for the position of captain.

She is honoured to be the first female Emirati commander of a commercial airline and hopes to serve as an example for young girls who want to pursue careers in aviation.

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Etihad Seeks Growth For Women

Etihad is still dedicated to emiratizing the country and boosting Emirati women so they can contribute to the expansion of the aviation sector. Captain Aisha’s accomplishment and the pioneering role serving women in aviation in the UAE make Etihad incredibly proud. She will undoubtedly be only the beginning; Etihad hopes to promote more female pilots to the position of captain.

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