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In celebration of International Women’s Day, Air Seychelles today operated a special flight between Seychelles and Johannesburg with a female captain and a team of all-female cabin crew.

At the controls of flight HM061 was Captain Nicole Changleng, while the guests were looked after by Cabin Manager Janice Benstrong, Cabin Senior Anick Souris, and Flight Attendants Gabriella Julie and Rohana Adelaide.

Adding a special touch to the day, the only male member of the flight crew, First Officer Derick Imaduwa, surprised his female colleagues with flowers before departure.

Captain Changleng said: “I always dreamed about becoming a pilot when I was younger, and feel so fortunate that I have been able to realize that dream with Air Seychelles. It is a very rewarding career, and I hope today's flight inspires more Seychellois women to consider a role in aviation.”

Captain Changleng joined Air Seychelles in 1997 as a First Officer on the Twin Otter aircraft, before eventually attaining her commander’s bars for the Airbus A330.

Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said: “Today is the perfect occasion to celebrate the enormous contribution our female colleagues make to Air Seychelles in all areas of the business, including Flight Operations.

“At Air Seychelles, we remain deeply committed to providing equal opportunities and are proud to have a strong, talented and gender-balanced workforce, of which 50.5% of the staff are female.”

About Air Seychelles

The Seychelles' national carrier was incorporated in 1977 and was formally named 'Air Seychelles' in 1978. The airline began long-haul operations in 1983 and continues to remain one of the tourism pillars contributing towards the island's strongest growing economic sector.

In 2021, Air Seychelles managed to retain the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards including, ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class and Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew . The airline also marked a historic milestone at the 28th edition of the World Travel Awards for having its premium lounge recognised for the first time ever as ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Lounge 2021’.