Etihad Airways pledges to increase female workforce

Company joins campaign which aims to improve gender balance

09 March, 14:07

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, MARCH 9 - Etihad Airways is aiming to increase its female workforce by 25% over the next five years, in line with the International Air Travel Association's voluntary "25by2025" campaign, which aims to improve gender balance within the aviation industry, said Emirati English-language daily The National.

    Etihad is the first airline in the UAE to make the commitment. "We are so proud to already have thousands of strong, ambitious and talented women working with us," said Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group.

    "We are excited to continue our journey of investing in gender diversity," Douglas said.

    The airline has also decided to change the name for its business class, because in Arabic the term for business class translates more directly as "business man class"; Etihad has opted to remove the "man" from this phrasing.

    Currently, more than 36% of Etihad's employees in managerial positions, while 50% of Etihad's UAE national staff are female. This year, Fatima Alhammadi became the first female engineer to graduate from Etihad's aircraft maintenance programme.(ANSAmed).

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