- Two black women piloted an Alaskan Airlines flight setting a historical precedent for this carrier
- Before take off, Captain Tara Wight emerged from the cockpit to make a special announcement she and first officer Mallory Cave would be the first-ever Black female flight crew in their airline’s history
- Reportedly, 72 percent of all the airline’s employees are white, and more than 60 percent male
A Mothers’ Day flight served as an important moment in the history of an airline predominately made up of white male employees.
It was gathers two black women pilots decided to literally fly right through the proverbial glass ceiling as they made history during a Portland-bound flight on Mother’s Day.
Captain Tara Wight and first officer Mallory Cave made up the airline’s first-ever Black female flight crew.
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Wight made an announcement to the passengers before take off letting them all know that they will be part of an historic moment regardless of whether they are awake or asleep during the flight.
“You're sharing a pretty interesting piece of Alaska Airlines history this morning,” Wright told passengers, who cheered and applauded. “You'll be piloted by two female African-American pilots for the first time in the airline's history.”
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