Air Serbia Makes History with First All-Female In-Flight Crew
Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, made history on May 14th 2017, when its first all-female flight and cabin crew took to the skies. The special flight, JU314, departed Belgrade for Paris at 5.05 pm, with Captain Vesna Aleksić and First Officer Mirjana Stojilković at the controls.
Vesna Aleksić always dreamed of flying for the national airline, and by joining Air Serbia she has not only achieved that goal but became the first female captain in the flag carrier’s history. The pioneering 36-year-old has joined the airline as a captain on its narrow-body Airbus A319 and A320 fleet, fulfilling a long-held childhood dream. Ms Aleksić, who is married and has one child, is set to command her inaugural flight with Air Serbia on 27 December from Belgrade to Beirut, under flight number JU826.
Looking after guests on the flight was a team of four female flight attendants including Cabin Senior Mirjana Popović and Cabin Crew Silvija Madić, Elena Ljubojević and Tanja Stanković.
Dane Kondić, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, said: “This is the first flight to be operated with an entirely female crew in the 90 year history of the Serbian flag carrier. We are committed to gender equality across all aspects of our operations, including flight crew, and are delighted to have the first female captain on our team. Air Serbia and its predecessors have set many milestones over the years and we are proud to add another important one in women’s aviation. We congratulate all the crew for being part of this incredible moment and hope it inspires more Serbian women to pursue a career in aviation.”
Air Serbia is a keen proponent of equal opportunity and currently nearly 49% of the total workforce employed across Air Serbia, Air Serbia Catering and Air Serbia Ground Services is female.