Kenya Airways Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, Captain Parul Patel and First Officer Sumanpreet Rehal who flew flight KQ002 from Nairobi to New York on March 8, 2020 as the world marked the International Women’s Day. PHOTO | COURTESY
Women pilots fly KQ planes as international day marked
Women pilots have had their moment of glory as the world marked the International Women’s Day on Sunday.
In recognition of strides made by women in aviation, Kenya Airways (KQ) dedicated three special flights to celebrate its female stars who took charge of several flights.
Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, the first African woman to fly the Dreamliner, was the lead captain on flight KQ002 from Nairobi to New York. Assisting her was First Officer Patrick Kipsambu.
The other captain on the flight was also a woman – Parul Patel – who will fly back the Boeing 737 plane assisted by First Officer Sumanpreet Rehal, another female pilot.
“It has been amazing having been the only woman for six years and now we have over 30 women pilots in KQ. It says a lot about our airline, which is a mid-size airline, and I think percentage-wise, we must be one of the highest employers of women, which is great for Africa and the world,” Captain Mutungi said..