Egyptian becomes first female Arab to pilot A380

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On International Women’s Day, Egyptian Captain Nevin Darwish became the first Arab female pilot to command Airbus 380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

A video posted by Emirates Airlines showed Darwish flying the iconic Airbus A380 from Dubai to Vienna, as she became the first Arab woman to have captained the aircraft.

The Dubai-based carrier chose a handful of female pilots to fly giant aircraft in celebration of International Women’s Day, which occurs on March 8.

Captain Darwish flew alongside First Officer Alia Al Muhairi, who is currently the youngest female Emirati pilot operating the aircraft.

Video footage showing the female pilots as they commanded the airplane attracted a million views on the airline’s official Facebook page.

Officer Al Muhairi described Captain Darwish as “a wonderful role model, she’s an inspiration to all young pilots around the world.”

“With such a great attitude, and such a wonderful perspective on things, to see her come every day to work, with the same motivation as if it was her first flight.”

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