For International Women’s Day we sometimes see airlines promote how they have female pilots, and staff certain flights exclusively with females. Some day we’ll hopefully live in an era where having an all-female cockpit crew isn’t noteworthy, though for now only somewhere around 5% of airline pilots worldwide are female. One of my favorite such stories had to be from 2016, when Royal Brunei had a three-person female cockpit crew land a plane in Saudi Arabia of all places, where the women wouldn’t have been allowed to drive.
This past Sunday two Alaska Airlines pilots created a “first” for the company. Specifically, for the first time in the company’s history, Alaska Airlines had two female African American pilots in the cockpit. That’s pretty cool. The captain, Tara Dillon Wright, made an announcement informing people about the special flight they were on, which just happened to be on Mother’s Day, and also on her dad’s 80th birthday (though he was in Spain).
Here’s a video of her pre-departure announcement, which has over 800,000 views in the past few days as of the time of this posting:
Making Alaska Airlines history this morning! First Officer Mallory Cave and I serve as the very first all African-American female crew on Alaska Flt #361, San Francisco to Portland, OR. 👩🏽✈️👩🏽✈️
Posted by Tara Dillon Wright on Sunday, May 13, 2018
Well done, ladies! I’m a bit surprised that this is the first time in the company’s history that this has happened, though better late than never. I suspect most other major airlines have already had this happen.
(Tip of the hat to Andrew B)