Saudi women to co-pilot the skies aboard flynas

September 16, 2018 8:00 am


flynas, the Saudi national air carrier and leading low-cost airline in the Middle East, recently launched the “Your Smile Inspires Generations” initiative which aims at motivating professors at universities and teachers at schools to smile to students.

This initiative follows the success of “Smile for a More Beautiful Hajj” Initiative that was launched recently as a part of flynas’ public initiative to enhance the culture of smiling that aims at promoting humanitarian values in our society.

Now, Saudi women have something to really smile about, as they are training and getting to co-captain commercial flights aboard flynas.

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This is your co-captain speaking

The Saudi Gazette (SG) reported that Riyadh-based carrier flynas has announced plans to recruit Saudi women to work as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time.

“Women are not legally barred from working in the aviation sector, but jobs as flight attendants with Saudi carriers have largely been held by female foreign workers from countries such as the Philippines,” SG said.

Nearly 1,000 Saudi women have applied for co-pilot positions with flynas in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the airline said on Thursday.

“flynas is keen to empower Saudi women to play an important role in the kingdom’s transformation,” the low-cost carrier said on Wednesday in its call for applications.

“Women… are an essential part of the airline’s success.”

The recruitment drive comes just days after Flyadeal, another low-cost Saudi carrier, began posting jobs for Saudi women to work as flight attendants.

The participation of women in the labor force is aimed at 30% from 22% by 2030.

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flynas hiring 500 pilots, cabin crew within two years

Saudi low-cost airline opens applications to young men and women for its Future Pilots and Flight Attendants programs, reported Arabian Business (AB).

flynas said that the Future Pilots program aims to recruit 200 male and female pilots over the next five years, while the Flight Attendants program aims to attract 300 cabin crew within two years.

flynas added in a statement that it will consider the working hours and will allocate a uniform for Saudi female flight attendants in line with the country’s customs and traditions.

flynas said that applicants should be of Saudi nationality, fluent in English, hold a minimum of a high-school certificate, and must match the international aviation standards in relation to his/her weight and height.

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Applicants can visit https://www.flynas.com/ar/media-center/future-pilot and https://www.flynas.com/ar/media-center/flight-attendant for more information.

Established in 2007, flynas has a fleet of 30 Airbus A320 Aircraft, operating over 1,100 flights weekly to 17 domestic destinations and 53 international destinations.

Since its launch, flynas has carried more than 38 million passengers from its bases of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Abha, reported AB.

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Hadi Khatib
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