Making history: Kam Air flies its first flight with an all-female crew in Afghanistan

Afghanistan airline Kam Air has made history as it operated its first flight commanded by an entirely female flight crew.

First all-female flight

International women’s day is an excellent way to celebrate and recognize women in the aviation industry, from pioneering female pilots to encouraging more women to join the industry. The festivity also often sees a frenzy of all-female flights flown worldwide, and Kam Air became the latest airline to join the trend.  However, Kam air’s flight is particularly ground-breaking, as it is the first exclusively female-commanded flight for the airline and Afghanistan.

Kam Air all female flight. Two female pilots in the cockpit alongisde a male passenger
“[Josh sat front and center beside the two pilots] | © ]Josh Cahill]”
Although many worldwide will celebrate this historical event, Kam Air itself could not praise this flight too wildly due to heightened security in the country. Kam Air, therefore, invited one of Youtube’s most famous aviation enthusiast and flight reviewers, Josh Cahill, to travel on the flight.

Speaking of the flight afterward, Cahill said: “it has been the honor of my life to be part of such a historic flight. It sends a strong message to the world that Afghanistan is more than just a war-torn country, given that during the Taliban occupation, Women had absolutely no rights”.

Aboard the flight

Upon arrival at the airport, Cahill met the women who would be in charge of the flight. He was introduced to Kam Air’s first female Afghan pilot, 22-year-old Mohadese Mirzaee. She acted as First Officer, accompanying 32-year-old Captain Veronica Borisova, the second female pilot to join Kam Air. The pilots were accompanied by four female flight attendants, who looked after passengers in the cabin.

Kam Air all female flight. Female pilots of the flight wearing face masks ready to fly
“[The pilots were the first women to join the airline] | © ]Josh Cahill]”
The flight departed from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport and traveled 350 nautical miles to Herat, in the West of Afghanistan. The flown aircraft was a 23-year-old Boeing 737-500, amazingly making the plane older than its First Officer onboard.

Kam Air is a young airline which established in 2003. The airline also wants to continue breaking down barriers, as it plans to begin offering flights to Frankfurt. Although the airline is currently not allowed to travel in EU airspace, it hopes to be removed from the blacklist via its recent certification under the IATA IOSA scheme. Kam Air has more impressive things in store.

The flight is a historic achievement for both Kam Air and Afghanistan. As a country with not many women’s rights over the years, this is a massive indicator of how far it has come in recent years.

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