Etihad Airways pledges to increase female workforce by 25%

Etihad’s CEO says greater gender diversity in the workforce leads to a ‘higher performing financial environment’
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Etihad Airways says it wants to increase its female workforce by 25% over the next five years.

Etihad’s CEO Tony Douglas said the company will continue to invest gender diversity and human development because it leads to a “higher performing financial environment”.

The airline recently introduced “gender-inclusive language” for one of its cabin classes.

The Arabic translation of Business Class – Business Man Class – has been changed to more neutral language, to refer to the growing number of women in senior positions travelling premium.  

Around 36% of Etihad’s employees in managerial positions and half of Etihad’s UAE national staff are female. Last year, the airline launched an Emiratisation strategy that focuses on developing talent in technical and specialised aviation roles.

Ibrahim Nassir, Etihad’s chief human resources and organisational development officer, said: “We are also pleased that our pipeline of female pilots, who contribute significantly to both Etihad and our community, is growing rapidly and this is something we will continue to invest in.”

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