Yesterday (Thursday, November 19) Ethiopian Airlines excitedly launched its first all-female flight crew on the anniversary of the airline’s 70th year in business.

This particular crew will oversee the entire flying experience via the Addis Ababa – Bangkok route—from the airport, ground, cabin and the sky. The airlines’ Group CEO released this statement:

“It is a great honor for us to have competent women aviation professionals at Ethiopian [Airlines] in every aspect of the aviation field, which portrays Ethiopian as gender responsive organization that strives to pursue its underlying stance of being an equal opportunity employer…We are very proud of their achievements and contributions both as a national pride for Ethiopia and a vital treasure for the world at large. It is our sincere belief that this will continue with an enhanced magnitude and passion to sustain Ethiopian on its fast growth trajectory.” – Tewolde GebreMariam

Ethiopian Airlines’ total staff is currently 30 percent female, but with this new initiative that figure should increase. Women are finally being encouraged to take their rightful positions within the aviation industry, forever banishing the outdated ‘trolly dolly’ stigma.