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Saudi Airline Operates First All-female Crewed Flight

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For the first time in Saudi aviation history, flyadeal has operated a flight with an all-female crew.

The all-female crew flew Trip 117, a domestic flight from Riyadh to Jeddah, using an Airbus A320, according to a social media post on May 20, 2022. According to the airline, the majority of the crew is Saudi.

At the age of 23, first officer Yara Jan is the youngest female Saudi pilot, and she spoke with Arab News about the journey.

“As a Saudi woman trying to lead my country with a proud step it was a moment of pride and joy,” Jan was quoted as saying in the article.

Saudi Arabia has relaxed certain restrictions on women in recent years, with women only being granted the freedom to drive in 2018.

Jan told Arab News that she understood the significance of the flight for young women in the Kingdom.

“Although being a Saudi woman pilot is new, it is not impossible for our generation, especially with the backing that we are receiving from our beloved country and our respected leaders, who have supported me a lot to become the youngest female pilot in a Saudi airline,” she was quoted as saying. “I will always be pleased to have the chance to make a positive change.”

Photo cover via Twitter: @flyadeal

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