100% female Brussels Airlines crew flies to New York on International Women’s Day

Friday 7 March, 2014 — At the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), Brussels Airlines flight SN501 to New York will be entirely composed of female crew members. The initiative was launched by the female Brussels Airlines pilots and flight attendants who have been playing an important at the airline role since many years.

More than a hundred years after Helène Dutrieu was the first Belgian woman and one of the first female pilots in the world to obtain het pilot’s license, Brussels Airlines has 46 female pilots in its ranks today. Like the 420 male pilots they fly both as Captain or as First Officer on the European or the long haul network. At the occasion of International Women’s Day, Captain Lauretta Verbist, who is working for Brussels Airlines since 1998, took the initiative to assemble an entirely female crew on flight SN501 to New York.
The flight will be operated by Lauretta and Sophie in the cockpit, while Sonia, Cynthia, Gina, Chantal, Diana, Françoise, Melanie and Nathalie will take care of the service in the cabin. “We are really looking forward to this flight”, says Captain Lauretta. “A job in aviation is becoming more and more favorable to women and, with a little organization and support from your family and with an employer like Brussels Airlines, it is possible to combine it with family life. I’ve noticed a positive evolution in recent years and more and more women choose for a career as pilot.”

With more than 10% female pilots, Brussels Airlines scores better than the European average. Female pilots are also taking up functions with more responsibilities. For example, one of Brussels Airlines’ female pilots is leading an important project which will allow Brussels Airlines to lower the fuel consumption of its aircraft. Another example is that of a former Brussels Airlines pilot who moved to Bahrein and became the first female captain in the country.

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines, member of Lufthansa Group and a Star Alliance member, is the Belgian airline that offers the widest choice of flights to and from the capital of Europe, Brussels Airport. The company has more than 3.500 employees and 44 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, connecting the Capital of Europe to over 80 European and African destinations, as well as two destinations in the USA (New York JFK and Washington D.C.).

On long haul flights, the airline operates an all new Business Class with full flatbeds and state of the art inflight entertainment, and a brand new Economy class with ergonomic seats and individual inflight entertainment touchscreens. Long-haul flights are operated with Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.

 

On its European routes, mainly operated with Airbus A319/A320, Brussels Airlines offers the choice between Check&Go, Light&Relax, Flex&Fast and Bizz&Class.
In addition to its 22 long haul destinations in Africa and the US, Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long-haul codeshare flights to the United Arab Emirates, China, Thailand, India, North America and Canada.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialised by the Cargo Department. The airline also handles its own daily maintenance.

Brussels Airlines is owned by SN Airholding and is backed up by more than 90 years of aviation experience.

More information on brusselsairlines.com

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