Drukair celebrates International Women’s Day by operating an all-female crew flight

Drukair today employs 168 women who constitute 35.44% of its total work force

For the first time in the country, Drukair operated the first-ever all-female crew flight from Paro to Bangkok via Bagdogra yesterday as part of celebration of the International Women’s Day.

The flight KB130 to Bangkok via Bagdogra on Airbus 319 aircraft with 89 passengers on board was handled by only women working for Drukair starting from the captain, first officer, engineer, cabin crew, pushback team, check-in, catering and other ground staffs.

Drukair’s Chief Executive Officer Tandi Wangchuk said they are immensely proud that they have women staff in every aspect of their aviation field.

“Women are an integral part of our success story from the start and with this dedicated flight we honor and celebrate their indispensible contribution to Drukair and the aviation industry in Bhutan,” he added.

The CEO also maintained that the national airline has always given importance to women working with Drukair through the creation of conducive working environment by provisions such as maternity leave for six months, separate toilets for women and an established committee to look into sexual related issues.

Further, Drukair also celebrated the day with all the women passengers flying on the Paro to Bangkok flight with a lucky draw contest.

A scratch card was distributed to all women passengers and three winners were announced on board to receive prizes from the airline.

Meanwhile, Drukair’s flight yesterday was under the command of Captain Ugyen Dema, who has been flying with Drukair since 2006, Sr. first officer Sonam Lhamo and flight engineer Sonam Deki Tshering (the first female licensed aircraft engineer in Bhutan).

Sharing her views with Business Bhutan, Captain Ugyen Dema said it was a proud moment for her to be on an all-female crew flight.

Meanwhile, Sonam Deki Tshering, who joined the airline back in 2012, said it was always her dream to be an air craft engineer during her high school days. She said living her dream was her greatest achievement.

As well as marking International’s Women’s Day, March 8 is also the anniversary of the first woman to receive a pilot’s license, according to Drukair.           “One hundred and eight years after Elise Raymonde Deroche’s midlestone achievement, Drukair has three female cockpit crew for the first female operated flight. Today, Drukair employs 168 women who constitute 35.44% of its total work force. Through this initiative, Drukair hopes to inspire more women to get into the aviation industry in the future,” states the press release issued by Drukair yesterday.

Dechen Dolkar from Paro