By Daphne Rasehei – EMTV Online
LINK PNG saw its first all-female aircrew take to the skies of Papua New Guinea in late-May on flight PX 900/901.
A crew of five led by Captain Beverly Pakii, first officer Nicole Koleala and cabin crew members Julie Tamdodo, Ulato Avei and Veapi Ranu departed Port Moresby’s Jackson’s airport on a scheduled return flight to Tabubil.
It was a milestone achievement for the airline and the women of this country.
While the flight was the first for Link PNG it was the second for Air Niugini which had a similar flight four years ago under the command of captain Bona Yasi and her crew.
Link PNG chief executive Daniel Wanma said it was a milestone achievement for PNG.
“Working in a male dominated profession, it is certainly exciting to find an all-female crew serving our customers and providing the same high quality standards as dictated by the company. Given the successful program many more girls will be joining their ranks well into the future.”
Ms Pakii broke another record earlier this year when she became a first young Papua New Guinean female pilot to have achieved her command on a Dash 8 aircraft under Air Niugini’s pilot cadet program.