While I’m of course an airline product geek and a points geek, I’m also an aviation geek. Growing up my dream was always to be a pilot, and in particular, to be a pilot for a foreign carrier (because that’s the only way you’ll become the captain of a heavy aircraft under the age of 50). To this day I have a special fascination with pilots on Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, etc., where you’ll find pilots from every corner of the globe.
I also always have a big smile on my face when I board a flight on a “random” airline and quickly detect an American accent from the captain (I’ve had this on Fiji Airways and Hainan in the past couple of years, for example), as it makes me think fondly of what could have been. Oh well, I guess I can’t complain about my current gig too much, as I fly about as much as they do, but just a couple of rows behind.
Anyway, last month for International Women’s Day, Emirates uploaded a video about a “superwomen” Airbus A380 flight from Dubai to San Francisco. Here’s how they described this:
Watch us operate a ‘Superwomen’ Airbus A380 flight to San Francisco ahead of International Women’s Day. EK225 was handled by over 75 women colleagues representing Emirates’ Flight Operations, Service Delivery, Engineering, Airport Services, Catering, dnata, Emirates SkyCargo, Transguard and Group Security teams, led by Captain Patricia Bischoff from Canada, First Officer Rebecca Lougheed from the UK and Purser Weronika Formela from Poland.
Here’s that video:
Now the airline has uploaded another cool video highlighting women flying around the world, which I really enjoyed. In this video they follow their female pilots flying the 777 and A380 to five continents in March 2018:
How cool to see, and they sure do have a lot of female Canadian pilots, eh? This is of course cool, though it could have been even cooler if they had all female pilots on all of those flights.
Not highlighted is Captain Ashley, who Emirates has highlighted in the past in some of their ad campaigns:
She was even on the Ellen Show:
I hope to fly with any of these women on my upcoming Emirates flights!