In celebration of ‘International Women’s Day’ on March 08, Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, operated a special flight between the Seychelles and Johannesburg with a female captain and her team of an all-female crew.

At the controls of flight, HM061 was Captain Nicole Changleng, while passengers were taken care of by Purser Janice Benstrong, Cabin Senior Anick Souris, and Flight Attendants Gabriella Julie and Rohana Adelaide.

Adding a special touch to the day, was the only male member of the flight crew, First Officer Derick Imaduwa, who surprised his female colleagues with flowers prior to departure.

“I always dreamed about becoming a pilot when I was younger, and feel so fortunate that I have been able to realize that dream with Air Seychelles. It is a very rewarding career, and I hope today’s flight inspires more Seychellois women to consider a role in aviation,” said Captain Changleng.

Captain Changleng joined Air Seychelles in 1997 as a First Officer on the Twin Otter aircraft, before eventually attaining her commander’s bars for the Airbus A330.

“International Women’s Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate the enormous contribution our female colleagues make to Air Seychelles in all areas of the business, including Flight Operations. At Air Seychelles, we remain deeply committed to providing equal opportunities and are proud to have a strong, talented and gender-balanced workforce, of which 50.5% of the staff are female,” commented Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles.