Air Canada marked International Women’s Day and the annual Women in Aviation Worldwide Week recently by sending a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Toronto to Edmonton that was crewed entirely by women, both on the flight deck and in the cabin. The coordinated event also saw the flight handled by female Nav Canada air traffic controllers along the way.

“I think a lot of women are becoming interested in aviation and I think it is a great message to young girls in school so they understand that if you stay with math, if you stay with science, stay with English, anything is possible,” said Flight AC167’s Captain Jean Nash.

“This was to honour women in aviation for their outstanding contributions and to inspire and encourage more young women to consider aviation careers,” said the Edmonton International Airport in a statement.

An all-female crewed @AirCanada 787 Dreamliner was directed from @TorontoPearson to EIA by all women @navcanada air traffic controllers. This was to honour women in aviation for their outstanding contributions & to inspire & encourage more young women to consider aviation careers pic.twitter.com/iNBM0L9uPq — EIA (@FlyEIA) March 5, 2020

“I often say its generational,” said First Officer Stacie Kamin. “This wasn’t a career that was available to my mom. My mom was an amazing nurse and she taught me that I could do anything that I wanted to do.”

Over 200 female pilots now fly with Air Canada.

Photo credit: Air Canada