Saudi women to fly as flight crew for the first time

Saudi women to fly as flight crew for the first time

Saudi Arabia has been adopting a progressive mindset towards its women, opening up new avenues for them and transforming its international image. Last year the nation gave them the right to drive cars and fly planes. 2019 brings in a new liberal wave allowing them to fly as flight attendants. The Arab nation aims to empower Saudi women furthering their role in economy so that they are able to grow and contribute in a significant way.

Flynas, the Saudi airlines which was established in 2007, has trained its first batch of female flight attendants. It said that the new batch would become part of the flight crew from January, a first for the kingdom. Last year the Saudi airlines announced that it is open to take in women for its Future Pilots programme and hire them as pilots for flying its carriers.

On Monday, the domestic airlines company released a statement stating that the first flight with Saudi air hostesses would take off this month, as the first batch of female flight attendants has successfully completed and graduated from the comprehensive practical program.

The company told media, “The first group graduating from the Saudi flight program is a continuation of programs to localize aviation and empower women.” Revealing the requirements of the comprehensive practical flight crew course, the company said that an applicant must be a Saudi national, should have a minimum secondary school education, height and weight that match the international aviation standards, and proficiency in English.

The Saudi carrier also revealed its plans to train and recruit Saudi women as co-pilots in future. Bander Al-Mohanna, CEO of Flynas said, “The move aims to enable Saudi women to have a greater role in supporting the Kingdom’s economy.”

The news came in less than a year after the Kingdom lifted the ban from issuing driving licences to women. Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy and make it grow beyond oil and the percentage of female workforce from 22% to 30%.