According to the pilots, there are no gender distinctions in the aircraft cabin.
An aircraft of the QAZAQ AIR airline has completed a historic flight: the entire crew of the De Havilland Dash 8-Q400 aircraft consisted of women, as reported by Sarbaz.kz, citing the airline's press service.
Under the command of Captain Ekaterina Sverchkova and First Officer Azhar Nesipbayeva, the airliner completed two flight sectors along the routes Astana – Petropavlovsk – Astana and Astana – Omsk – Astana. The aircraft was operated by an all-female crew consisting of the captain, the first officer, and two flight attendants, making a total of four women.
According to First Officer Azhar Nesipbayeva, there are no gender distinctions in the aircraft cabin.
"There is a captain, there is a first officer. Each performs their duties and knows their business," she noted.
The first female pilot of QAZAQ AIR, Ekaterina Sverchkova, joined the airline in 2018 when she was only 21 years old. She brings ample experience and qualifications to the table. Ekaterina made her first solo flight at the controls of an aircraft at the age of 16.
"My passion for aviation grew through parachuting. I devoted six years to it. It was there that I got closer to aviation and aircraft. I decided to test my skills as a private pilot, and that's when the mutual love affair with civil aviation happened," she recalls.
According to Ekaterina, she has never encountered gender stereotypes in aviation:
"I am very fortunate with my colleagues. Everyone treats each other in a friendly manner. I have never heard any jokes or teasing."