Saudi women to fly high as a cabin crew in a new first


RIYADH — Flynas said it would start recruiting Saudi women to work as air hostesses by this month, in a new first while creating new job opportunities for women. It will be the first among Saudi carriers to recruit women in senior positions.

The airlines, which was established in 2007, said in a statement that the first flight with a Saudi female flight attendant would be during this month, after finishing a comprehensive practical program.

Flynas said that the program of male and female flight attendants has attracted about 300 Saudis during the past two years, stressing the observance of working hours and the allocation of uniforms for Saudi female hosts in line with the customs and traditions of the Kingdom.

“The first group graduating from the Saudi flight program is a continuation of programs to localize aviation and empower women,” the company added.

“We are the first Saudi national carrier to hire Saudi women in the Air Hospitality Program and the Future Flyers Program,” Flynas said. The airline requires a minimum of a secondary school certificate in the requirements for a “host” qualification. The height and weight should match the international aviation standards, proficiency in English and the applicant must be a Saudi national.

Last September the Riyadh-based airline said it would soon start recruiting Saudi women to work as co-pilots. The move aims to enable Saudi women to have a greater role in supporting the Kingdom’s economy, CEO Bandar Almohanna said. — SG