Airlines Celebrate 'Women's Day' with Completely Woman-Run Flights

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To commemorate International Women's Day, Air India and Air France will each operate completely woman-run flights today.

On Air India, high-flying female crews will take over 11 flights, including an ultra-long haul route between New Delhi and Toronto, reports India's Economic Times.

The airline has been carrying on the tradition of operating all-women flights since 1985. Air India employs 5,300 women, of whom 157 are pilots.

In a press release, Air France announced the airline is running a "fully female" flight from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to Hong Kong. Eighteen women will operate the flight, with a crew that includes three female pilots and 15 female flight attendants.

"Even if the flight is operated in the exact same conditions as any other for the passengers, seeing a women-only crew leaves a lasting impression on people," Isabelle de Boves, first office on the female-fronted Boeing 777 flight, says in the airline's statement.

"At the airport and hotel, people are always very kind with us," she continues. "During these flights, our cabin crew colleagues show a strong sense of solidarity and the crew cohesion is always stronger as a result."

In 1974, Danielle Décuré, became the first female pilot to join Air France. Today, 7% of the airline's 4,200 pilots are women.

Update: It has come to our attention Brazil's GOL Airlines also flew an all female-operated plane over the weekend. The flight made it's way from Porto Alegre to Rio De Janeiro was led by Captain Elisa Rossi, GOL's first ever female captain.

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