Iran’s flagship airline, Iran Air, is now hiring female pilots in what has been hailed as a significant move for the women of the country.
The company released a new recruitment advertisement for a new generation of pilots earlier this month and the announcement of this decision was made by the airline’s chief executive Farzaneh Sharafbafi, the first women to hold that position in the airline’s history.
“This is highly significant for us to have female pilots among our personnel,” Tehran Times reported Sharafbafi as saying.
In her announcement, Sharafbafi also said that the first women hired as pilots by the company will begin working as co-pilots.
"Women can play a key role in the social development as well as the realization of social justice in a society," she said.
"Today, the world is paying more serious attention to the role of women in society,” Sharafbafi added.
Iran Air, headquartered in Tehran, flies to 25 domestic destinations and dozens of other cities in Asia and Europe.