MIDDLE EAST: All-female flight crew makes Jordanian history

Royal Jordanian flight number 132 landed on 18 October at Queen Alia International Airport returning from Athens, recording a first for Jordanian and aviation history. The novelty: The plane was led by Captain Carol Rabadi and co-pilot Hadeel Khamash, an allwomen cockpit and cabin crew. Since the establishment of RJ, two other women were awarded […]


Royal Jordanian flight number 132 landed on 18 October at Queen Alia International Airport returning from Athens, recording a first for Jordanian and aviation history. The novelty: The plane was led by Captain Carol Rabadi and co-pilot Hadeel Khamash, an allwomen cockpit and cabin crew. Since the establishment of RJ, two other women were awarded the same rank and flew, but alongside male pilots.

RJ Head of Flight Operations Captain Haitham Misto decorated Carol Rabadi with the four-stripe captain badge at a special ceremony.

Captain Rabadi said her first flight as captain, together with co-pilot Khamash will be a landmark in her life and the airline’s history where women play a major role. She praised the support and training RJ gives its women employees who work in all the departments, including the operational and engineering sectors.