Quincy, MA, March 8, 2012 – Today is International Women's Day, and to celebrate, Icelandair is operating a flight to and from Glasgow with an all-female crew.
Needless to say that in aviation circles it is not common for men to be flight attendants and service passengers onboard. And even less common for women to pilot the planes. Those walls have long since come down, though the majority of Icelandair pilots are men, and most flight attendants are women, on Women's day, June 19th, 2001 for the first time in history, the flight crew on international flights to and from Iceland were entirely composed of women. This has happened several times since that date. On June 23rd, 2001 the second such flight marked a turning point. This was the first time in history of Icelandair that the traditional gender roles were reversed - the flight captain and co-pilot were female, and the flight attendants were all male.
Photo: The crew in Icelandair flights to Glasgow this morning, from left: Rebecca Bergmann Magnúsdóttir pilot, Linda Gunnarsdóttir captain, Brynja Nordquist, Björg Vladimarsdóttir, Jenny Maria Jonsdottir and Hrönn Geirlaugsdóttir, flight attendants.
Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, and Denver with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis - St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax and Toronto. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to over 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
Additional information about Icelandair fares and packages to Iceland and beyond is available at www.icelandair.us or by calling (877) I-FLY-ICE.