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ADDIS ABABA—Ethiopian Airlines is dispatching its first-ever flight operated by an all-female crew. The flight was scheduled to depart for Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday night. The airline says it wants to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African girls to pursue aviation careers.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said attracting more women to aviation jobs is one of the reasons for hosting the female flight, together with empowering women.

“It’s going to be very inspiring for all the women all over the world, aviation women and particularly the African woman. Because, as you know, here in the continent of Africa, we are lagging behind in women empowerment. So this is going to inspire all the school girls in Africa that they have a very bright future in the 21st century,” Gebremariam said.

The flight is being handled by women in every aspect – from planning, to aircraft maintenance, and from the pilots to air traffic controllers. Even upon arrival in Bangkok, all customs and immigration officers will be female.

Ethiopian Airlines says about one third of its employees are women. But the number is smaller when it comes to positions such as pilots and technicians.

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Just after landing, the co-pilot came out of the cockpit and ran to the police and said, ‘I’m the hijacker.’ He said he is not safe in his own country and wants asylum.
—  Geneva, Switzerland police spokesman Pierre Grangean • Discussing the hijacking of an Ethiopian Airlines flight. The hijacker, who was supposed to be flying the plane to Italy when he failed to land, was not armed and nobody was hurt. (He hijacked the plane by locking the pilot out of the cockpit after he went to use the bathroom.) The 31-year-old man simply flew the plane to Switzerland in an effort to seek asylum.

This week the first all-female flight crew from Ethiopia took to the skies, making history and inspiring girls to pursue aviation careers. From planning, to aircraft maintenance, and from the pilots to air traffic controllers, the women were in charge.

“This is going to inspire all the school girls in Africa that they have a very bright future in the 21st century,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

Read more via Voice of America - VOA: http://bit.ly/1QQatJe

Co-pilot locks pilot out of cockpit, takes plane to Switzerland

NBC News: A Rome-bound Ethiopian Airlines jet was forced to land in Switzerland after the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit while he was in the bathroom and took control of the aircraft in an effort to claim asylum.

After landing the plane safely, the co-pilot then escaped the plane on a rope hanging out of the cockpit window, but was then detained by authorities.

Photo: Police evacuate passengers from an Ethiopian Airlines flight that was forced to land in Geneva, Switerland, early Monday. (Richard Juillart/AFP - Getty Images)

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Good news. My money was returned from the laundry! (I’ve only done this three times)

Ethiopian Airlines sent me an email to bid for a first class upgrade. Normally I am way too cheap to pay for first class, but since it’s a bid I’m in. $400 buckos for the return from Cape Town. Ended up being worth it! Mimosas, great food, and lay down space. Plus was delayed in Ethiopia and they put me up in s nice hotel (travel buddy got a shithole)


4 more days until I return to the States for good!!!! Time to pack 😳