Iraq gets ‘first’ female commercial airline pilot

Dalia, left, is Iraq's first female pilot and may be Iraqia's first female captain since it was founded in 1945. (Photo courtesy: Al Raya)

Iraq’s Ministry of Transportation announced that an Iraqi young woman has become the country’s first female commercial airline pilot, according to Arab media reports on Friday.

The ministry’s media office said in a press release on its website is that “Dalia, an Iraqi woman, has received a pass after completing her qualifying courses to become the first Iraqi woman to fly a civilian aircraft,” also adding that “this makes her an accepted and welcomed member of Iraqi Airways.”

The British educated woman will be the first Iraqi female to hold the title of “flight captain”.

The Iraqi minister of transport Baqer al-Zubaidi congratulated Dalia on her achievement during an Iraqi-British conference for business and trade organized by Baroness Nicholson in London.

It is believed that Dalia will be Iraqi Airways first female pilot since their inception in 1945.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47