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 the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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