For The First Time Female Pilots To Make Debut In Iran Air

| March 14 , 2018 , 14:23 IST

Iran’s flag-carrier airline Iran Air is set to recruit female pilots for the first time in the country’s history. Farzaneh Sharafbafi, the female CEO of Iran Air (Homa) made this announcement on Tuesday.

She said the airline annually publishes a job vacancy advertisement to recruit new pilots. The main feature of this year’s advertisement is the possibility for female pilots to apply.

Farzaneh said, “This is highly significant for us to have female pilots among our personnel.”

She further said that the number of female pilots in Iran is considerably high and added Iran Air will recruit new pilots including women within its administrative procedures.

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Sharafbafi said at present five top managers of Iran Air are women. “Based on our official figures, about 1,780 women are working in Homa and nearly 4,000 others are involved in affiliated companies and air travel agencies.”

She said, "In the job vacancy advertisement, it has been announced that after passing certain exams, the applicants will undergo a 6 to 8 months training course to get familiar with the basic regulations of Iran Civil Aviation Organization and Iran Air."

She noted that the selected applicants will then begin to work on a certain type of plane as co-pilots.

Sharbafi said one of the main criteria to measure a country’s development is the significance that it attaches to women.

“Today, the world is paying more serious attention to the role of women in the society. Women can play a key role in the social development as well as the realization of social justice in a society,” she concluded.

Iran Air, headquartered in Tehran, flies to more than 25 domestic destinations and dozens of other cities in Asia and Europe.

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It was a big deal in Iran last summer when Sharafbafi became head of the airline. She is also the first woman in the country to get a PhD in aerospace engineering.

Women have been permitted to fly planes for years in Iran, but they have never been allowed to work for the country’s airline.

In Iran, women are still required to wear a headscarf in public, including on airplanes.