In a first for Saudi Arabia, this month female residents will take to the sky in new careers as flight attendants.
After the female driving ban was lifted in June last year, Saudi's Oxford Aviation Academy opened up applications for women pilots - and now, women are ready for take off after successfully completing a stewardness graduate scheme.
The Riyadh-based airline has also revealed plans to start recruiting women to work as co-pilots. “The move aims to enable Saudi women to have a greater role in supporting the Kingdom’s economy,” says Bander Al-Mohanna, CEO of Flynas.
With the continuing creation of new jobs for women workers across the Kingdom, it has been predicted that women will make up 28 per cent of the workforce by 2020.
Last September a spokesperson for the carrier said, “Flynas is keen to empower Saudi women to play an important role in the Kingdom’s transformation. Women are an essential part of the airline’s success.”
We quite agree.