Etihad’s first female Captain

Arabian Business looks at Sophie Blanchard, the first woman to be a captain for Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways.
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Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi government-owned airline, earlier this month had its first flight piloted by a female captain. (Etihad Airways Media Centre)
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Sophie Blanchard, a French national who joined Etihad in 2007 as a first officer, captained the flight to the UK on September 08.(Etihad Airways Media Centre)
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Blanchard pictured at the airline's training center in Abu Dhabi on September 6, 2010. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The 34-year-old mother of two and French national, joined Etihad as its first female pilot three years ago, and on September 8 took off for London on her first flight as a captain. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Sophie Blanchard, the first woman to be a captain for Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, is pictured at the airline's training center in Abu Dhabi on September 6, 2010. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Blanchard took the controls of the left hand seat in the flight deck for the first time for flight EY17 from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Etihad has ten female pilots and four female cadet pilots, according to the Abu Dhabi carrier. (AFP/Getty Images)
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