Etihad to increase number of female employees

The Abu Dhabi carrier is eyeing a 25% increase in the next five years

Currently 36% of Etihad employees in managerial positions are female, along with 50% of its national staff
Currently 36% of Etihad employees in managerial positions are female, along with 50% of its national staff

Etihad Airways has announced its plan to increase its female workforce by 25% over the next five years.

Announced on International Women’s Day, the Abu Dhabi carrier said it’s the first airline in the UAE to make such a commitment. The pledge feeds into the International Air Travel Association’s (IATA) ‘25by2025’ campaign to improve gender equality in the aviation industry.

Currently 36% of Etihad employees in managerial positions are female, along with 50% of its national staff. This year, Fatima Alhammadi became the first female Emirati to graduate as a qualified B1 aircraft maintenance engineer from Etihad’s Technical Engineer Development Programme.

Women are employed across each of the carrier’s divisions, including operations, cargo, engineering, aviation law, medicine and finance.

Etihad Aviation Group group CEO Tony Douglas said: “We are so proud to already have thousands of strong, ambitious and talented women working with us. We are excited to continue our journey of investing in gender diversity and human development as ultimately, this leads to a more engaged workforce and a higher performing financial environment.”

Etihad chief HR & organisational development officer Ibrahim Nassir added: “At Etihad, one of our strengths is the diversity of our world-class pilots. We are proud of the fact that we value all of our pilots equally – gender is simply not a factor when it comes to remuneration. We are also pleased that our pipeline of female pilots, who contribute significantly to both Etihad and our community, is growing rapidly and this is something we will continue to invest in.”

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