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Etihad's first female captain to fly maiden flight

French pilot Sophie Blanchard will captain the Etihad flight to the UK on Wednesday.

Etihad's first female captain to fly maiden flight
FLIGHT CAPTAIN: Sophie Blanchard, a French national joined Etihad in 2007 as a first officer.

Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi government-owned airline, will have its first flight piloted by a female captain, the airline said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday.

Sophie Blanchard, a French national who joined Etihad in 2007 as a first officer, will captain the flight to the UK on Wednesday, the company said.

Etihad has ten female pilots and four female cadet pilots, the company said.

Blanchard will take the controls of the left hand seat in the flight deck for the first time for flight EY17 from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, Etihad said in its statement.

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Peter Johnstone 9 years ago

Let's hope that this would be enough of a case of one-upmanship for the 'lads club' at Emirates to also employ female pilots ... for too many years they have come up with ridiculous excuses for not employing female pilots. Well done Etihad !! and vive la France to Capt Blanchard !!

Marion 9 years ago

Guess what flydubai also has female pilots including captains !! Not bad for an airline who started just a year ago !! Thumbs up flydubai !!

Peter Johnstone 9 years ago

I guess I should have been clearer ... still no direct-entry female Captains, but great to hear that things are changing ... with female FO's and Cadets ...