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Aer Lingus Flew With An All-Female Crew Today To Celebrate International Women’s Day

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So, unless you’ve been living under a literal mountain since yesterday evening, you’ll have known that today, March 8, is known worldwide as International Women’s Day. 

And women all around the world are celebrating what it is to be female. 

Sure, have you seen the commotion on O’Connell Bridge happening all day today?

Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, have taken it upon themselves to allocate all-female team to guide flight EI162 to London Heathrow from Dublin at noon, today. 

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Captain Louise Gilroy had this to say about the maiden voyage:

In 1977 Grainne Cronin was the first woman to be selected as a pilot by Aer Lingus and became Aer Lingus’ first female Captain.  Now 40 years later, almost 10% of our pilots in Aer Lingus are female. Aviation, like all industries, is constantly facing new challenges.  But it also needs to retain the fundamentals of safety that sustain it. Increasing diversity in aviation is essential to ensure that our business can adapt to change. On International Women’s day I feel inspired by the talented and confident young women who are now joining the industry. 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. I hope that young girls and women will see opportunities for them in a career in aviation or aerospace.” 

Great stuff.

A fantastic show for equality in a wildly male-dominated profession. 

Good show, Aer Lingus. You’re alright. 

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