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Along with the rest of the world Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines celebrated the International Women’s Day in an unique way by operating an all-female crew flight.

To celebrate the International Women’s Day, the national airline, Drukair created history in Bhutan by operating its first ever all-female crew from Paro to Bangkok via Bagdogra on Friday.

The Captain, First Officer, engineer, cabin crew, push-back team, check-in, catering and other ground staff were all females, who handled the flight KB130 to Bangkok via Bagdogra with Airbus 319 aircraft with 89 passengers on board.

Informing about the successful operation, Drukair on its official Twitter handle on Friday stated: “For the first time in the history of Bhutanese aviation, Drukair operated an all female crew flight from Paro to Bangkok via Bagdogra to mark the International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2019.”

The flight was operated under the command of Captain Ugyen Dema, who has been flying with Drukair since 2006, with senior first officer Sonam Lhamo and flight engineer Sonam Deki Tshering. Sonam Deki Tshering is the first female licensed aircraft engineer in Bhutan.

Earlier, Drukair in a press communique uploaded on its official Twitter stated: “As well as marking International Women’s Day, 8th March is also the anniversary of the first woman to receive a pilot’s license. One hundred and eight years after Elise Raymonde Deroche’s milestone achievement, Drukair has three female cockpit crest for its first female operated flight.”

Now, Drukair employs 168 women, who constitute 35.44 per cent of its total workforce.

Through this initiative, Drukair hopes to inspire more women to get into the aviation industry in the future.

“We are immensely proud that we have women staff in every aspect of our aviation field. Women are an integral part of our success story from the start and with this dedicated flight we honor and celebrate their indispensable contribution to Drukair and the aviation industry in Bhutan,” said the CEO of Drukair.

To commemorate the day, Drukair is also celebrating with all its women passengers flying on the Paro to Bangkok flight with a lucky draw contest.

“A scratch card will be distributed to all its women passengers and three winners will be announced on board who will receive prizes from the airline,” the release added.