Friday 20 October 2017

Aer Lingus all-female flight team takes off for International Women's Day

#BeBoldForChange

Dublin Airport Duty Manager Sharon Carlyle leads the Flight Crew, Cabin Crew and Guest Service Agents ahead of Aer Lingus flight EI162. Photo: MaxwellPhotography.ie
Dublin Airport Duty Manager Sharon Carlyle leads the Flight Crew, Cabin Crew and Guest Service Agents ahead of Aer Lingus flight EI162. Photo: MaxwellPhotography.ie
Turnaround Coordinator Eileen Quinn liaises with Cabin Service Manager Fiona Power ahead of Aer Lingus flight EI162 which departed for London Heathrow from Dublin at noon today.
Captain Louise Gilroy and First Officer Amy Cunningham on flight EI162. Photo: MaxwellPhotography.ie
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Aer Lingus operated a flight from Dublin to London with an all-female team, in celebration of International Women's Day.

Flight EI162 departed for London Heathrow at noon, piloted by Captain Louise Gilroy and First Officer Amy Cunningham (below).

The pilots were joined by an all-female cabin crew, with operational roles including Turnaround Co-ordinator, Flight Operations Officer, Dublin Airport Duty Manger and Guest Service Agents all carried out by women.

40 years since Gráinne Cronin became Aer Lingus's first female pilot, 10pc of the airline's pilots are now female. In total, the airline says it employs some 2,000 female staff.

Captain Louise Gilroy and First Officer Amy Cunningham on flight EI162. Photo: MaxwellPhotography.ie
Captain Louise Gilroy and First Officer Amy Cunningham on flight EI162. Photo: MaxwellPhotography.ie

"We need more women in visible leadership positions, who will challenge the norms and find new ways of working if our industry is to keep apace with change," said Captain Gilroy.

"I hope that young girls and women will see opportunities for them in a career in aviation or aerospace.”

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year's theme is #BeBoldForChange. For more details, visit internationalwomensday.com or follow #IWD2017.

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