Southwest Airlines has reached a new milestone by completing its first totally “unmanned” flight.
All four flight attendants, the captain, and the co-pilot were all women. However, Southwest noted in its tweets that this isn't the very first time they've had female pilots fly for them, but it is the first on their new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which has only been in transit for a few weeks.
This was specific to our 737 MAX 8 aircraft, only weeks old at the time! Check out this other historical flight. ^AH https://t.co/pns6mDxjqA— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 19, 2017
While data from the Federal Aviation Administration estimates that there are 39,187 active women airmen certificates being held, an entire crew of women is not something you hear of very often.
Southwest’s tweets took the internet by storm, with many followers commending the crew and the company for highlighting this empowering endeavor.
We do know the best man for the job can be a woman. After all this is 2017!— Ian R. Watson (@Topsonjeans) October 18, 2017
@timothydunn YAS QUEENS— caitlin bitzegaio 🌹 (@caitorade) October 18, 2017
Well done ladies... from a former DFW ATCS, who worked there when SWA was just getting going. All my Best! pic.twitter.com/6GXNL0jwRh— Terry Maxton (@RoadRunner8) October 20, 2017
Celebration to all the women pic.twitter.com/0xMKEkkBYo— Thomas Crowley (@robinsbro) October 18, 2017
In addition to this action being very progressive, it's simply refreshing to hear of an airline making headlines for something positive because lately it seems the "friendly" skies have been anything but friendly.
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