Southwest Airlines flies with first ‘unmanned’ crew


(WFLA) – Who said women can’t fly without men? Not Southwest Airlines!

Southwest Airlines celebrated its first “unmanned” flight on the company’s new fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

The flight was staffed with an all-female crew, including two pilots. Girl power!

The flight staff took a photo of themselves after realizing that the day’s shift was made up of all women. The flight was headed to San Francisco from St. Louis.

This site is a rarity though, for the aviation industry. Only 6.7 percent of pilots are female, according to the nonprofit Women in Aviation Inc.

But, Southwest is no stranger to female “firsts.”

Colleen C. Barrett, the company’s former president, was the first female president in the aviation industry, according to Southwest.

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