必赢手机app下载  >   中文国际  >  独家


必赢手机app下载爱资讯 2014-09-10 14:33:55


Africa’s first female Dreamliner pilot soars



At the age of five, when most children barely understand their first language, Koki Mutungi already knew what she wanted to be — a pilot.


Her dream to find a career in the cockpit was forged out of the close relationship she had with her father who was a pilot working with the Kenya Airways.


And whereas many women in the airline industry today hold such positions as gate agents and flight attendants, Ms Mutungi has firmly established a career in an area where men still dominate.


In 1993, Ms Mutungi joined the Kenya Airways becoming the first female pilot. And for the next six years, she was the only female pilot in the airline.


Today, the Boeing girl, as she is popularly known by her colleagues, is the only female pilot in Africa licensed to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

现在,她的同事叫她“波音女孩”(Boeing girl)。柯基是非洲历史上唯一一位驾驶波音787梦想客机的女飞行员。

“For me, this is a dream come true in a big way. My dad was a pilot and we were very close so he always let us into the cockpit.




The interest developed and now I am proud of the decision I made,” she said moments after delivering KQ’s fourth Dreamliner at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport last week.


The 15-hour flight from Boeing Corporation assembly in Charleston, South Carolina, US, was attended by an all-female crew, led by captain Koki.


“It is a big machine and that is why I love it. Its capacity is about 234 passengers. Its efficiency is unmatched. I’ve enjoyed flying it more than any other aircraft,” Ms Mutungi told Smart Company.


Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, wide body modern aircraft featuring the latest aerodynamics, design and technology.


It measures about 57 metres long, has a wingspan of 60 metres and 17 metres height while on the tarmac. It can attain 945 kilometres per hour cruise speed at 40,000 feet (approximately 12.2 kilometres).


The aircraft has become a darling of leading global airlines particularly due to its efficiency in fuel consumption.

由于其快速低耗的特点,波音787 梦想客机正在成为全球航空企业的宠儿。



Ms Mutungi’s career started at the age of 18 when she joined the Kenya School of Flying based at Wilson Airport, Nairobi, immediately after completing high school. She went for further studies in the US before returning home to take a job at the Kenya Airways.


It has been two decades of flying since then but she says it feels as if she has just started. The nature of her work means she doesn’t always get to spend a lot of time with her eight-year-old son.


“It is hard balancing work and family especially in a career such as this where you are out of the country many times. But after doing something for so many years, you tend to strike a balance. This has happened and now all of us are happy,” she says.


Her greatest wish is to see her son develop an interest in aviation and hopefully become a pilot too.


“I would love him to do this but it will be his choice to make. He has not shown any strong interests so far but he is familiar with the whole concept of flying. It would be nice if he shared the same dream and keep continuity in the family,” she said.




Ms Mutungi has made a name in a career that is largely dominated by men and she hopes other African women can rise up and exploit their potential beyond the perceived limitations of gender.


“A lot of African women are doing a lot of extraordinary things across the continent. I think women have recognised the potential they have and there is a deliberate effort to show what we are capable of doing,” she said.


Determination, self-belief and hard work are ingredients of success, she says, adding that the belief that “particular jobs can only be done by people of a certain gender” is out of touch with reality.


Ms Mutungi humility belies her great achievements. The 39-year-old, who looks much younger than her age, is down to earth, polite, soft-spoken, and addresses her juniors with a lot of respect.


She is the airline’s designated pilot for the Nairobi-Paris route using one of the Dreamliners which KQ has acquired. The other Dreamliner aircraft fly to Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Bangkok-Hong Kong routes.




Her job at KQ has become a major selling point for the airline which has the highest number of female pilots in Africa. Today, the airline has 530 pilots, 39 of whom are female.


“This is a historical moment for Kenya Airways as we have proved to the world and our aviation peers of our deliberate commitment to human resource development by providing an equal opportunity to our sisters,” said Kenya Airways finance director Alex Mbugua.


“I look forward to a day in the near future when this aircraft will be managed 100 per cent by ladies crew now that we already have two first officers undergoing certification.”


The airline is expecting to receive two more Boeing 787 Dreamliners next month.


As part of the airline’s long-term fleet and route development strategy over the next 10 years, it is implementing a plan geared at growing fleet size, modernising aircraft and simplifying it by cutting the number of aircraft types from seven to four.


四川首台“达芬奇”机器人半小时完成胆囊摘除术 中秋月圆夜 多地网友晒赏月图
  • “教师老妈”陈建萍和她的八个“儿子”
  • 用柔软人性铺就“心灵的草场”
  • 2014“寻找最美乡村教师”名单揭晓
  • 陈中浙:从惠能“变法”看佛教的中国化
  • 读《毛爷爷年谱》:伟人远行哲思永存
  • 禁令下官场显新常态 官风带动民风转变
  • 国学与社会主义核心价值观——法治
  • 国企高管称霸薪酬榜 严重亏损仍拿高薪
  • 贫困县花1500万更新课桌椅 全部是次品
  • 65.8%受访者认同理性择校不必跟风
  • 电动汽车个人上牌超千辆 服务费正研究
  • 南昌大学推自主保洁遭联名抵制
  • 已婚男中秋载妙龄女度假坠崖身亡
  • 抗日战争中的藏族僧俗:誓拚热血固神州
  • 以爱的诺言照亮梦的希翼
中国日报漫画:教师节 独特的越南中秋节:孩子们的色彩世界(图)
《老友记》落幕十年 六位“老友”如今过得怎么样? 刘恺威公开婚礼花絮 我已与杨幂合二为一
  • 奇闻:泰国小胖墩变性成辣妹令人瞠目
  • "梦想班"四强出炉 汪峰泪光中选出"沧桑大叔"
  • 芒果传媒爽剧来袭 《美人制造》剧情劲爆
  • 法国专家:艳照门黑客若被抓至少判十年
  • 汤姆汉克斯和Sting等获肯尼迪中心荣誉奖
  • 秋季档攻略:最值得期待的十部猛片
  • 房祖名最快将在中秋与国庆之间被批捕
  • 《猩球崛起2》购票火爆 中秋档有望破5亿
  • 阿弗莱克执导《夜色黎明》 索尔达娜加盟
  • 柯震东尿液无吸毒反应 关键在验发报告
  • 李宇春张柏芝抽烟照曝光 揭公开犯烟瘾的明星
  • 曝欧弟与重庆妹子领证 自称找到对的人
  • 寰亚与SM娱乐签署战略联盟 独家代理EXO及SJ等超人气组合
  • 森碟石头玩耍两小无猜 被调侃夫妻相
  • 钟镇涛巴厘岛娶范姜 群星祝贺不麻烦成龙
探索神秘海洋 也可以从珠宝开始 她们都这样瘦的 7位明星终极减肥招大公开
  • 谁说好女不过百 6个“重量级”女星超显瘦
  • 时装周女星妆品跟得上野心吗
  • 名媛奥利维亚怎么穿 优雅混搭她最爱
  • 超杀女pk贝嫂 婆婆儿媳瘦身谁更胜一筹
  • 8种东西放卧室短命10年
  • 换季衣橱添弃留 8个基本款新季购买指南
  • 这一季该如何时髦地拎包
  • 凯特王妃最爱的10件时尚单品
  • 领导人为什么爱戴蓝色领带?
  • 李宇春十年造型蜕变史:假小子成时尚ICON
  • 奇闻:泰国小胖墩变性成辣妹令人瞠目
  • 整容脸or混血美 明星大叔的小娇妻们各有千秋
  • 米兰达可儿撞衫又怎样 碎花裙减龄惹人爱
  • 从平价到大牌 6款秋冬大热手袋你必须拥有
  • 优雅的老去才最美 时尚圈的11位花样奶奶






        XML 地图 | Sitemap 地图