Brussels Airlines celebrates Women's Day with all-female crew to New York

Brussels Airlines celebrates Women's Day with all-female crew to New York

On International Women's Day, Brussels Airlines operates its New York flight with a special 'all female' crew. The other Lufthansa Group airlines also set sail to the Big Apple with female crews to emphasise the key role of women in the aviation industry.

Women’s role in aviation is not to be underestimated. Belgian women have even played a starring role in the aeronautical history. The first woman in the world to have flown with a passenger on board between two cities and the first Belgian who earned a pilot license was a woman from Ghent named Hélène Dutrieu.

While in many other countries women only started to appear in cockpits in the 80s, Belgium already had female pilots in the early 70s. The very first Belgian female airline pilot has indeed retired several years ago, after a very full career.

Women in all departments

Brussels Airlines’ workforce counts 49% of women. Females are represented in all departments of the company: HR, Marketing, International Relations, Legal, Customer Relations, Ground Operations, Maintenance, and of course on board of the aircraft, both in the cockpit and in the cabin. 10% of Brussels Airlines pilots are women and in the cabin this proportion amounts to 80%.

New York

To put the important contribution of women in the spotlight, the Lufthansa Group Airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian and Brussels Airlines) send all-female crews to New York today. Brussels Airlines flight SN501 is on its way to JFK with Captain Lauretta and First Officer Sarah. The service in cabin will be overlooked by Christine, Stephanie, Ashley, Chantal, Karoline, Nathalie, Ilse and Katya. In total, more than 70 female employees of the Lufthansa Group land at the Big Apple today. On board, the speeches are specially modified to welcome the female passengers on this very particular day.   

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 54 destinations in Europe and 2 in North America. The company employs 3,300 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the six Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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