Celebrated Kenyan pilot Captain Irene Koki Mutungi will be the lead pilot during Kenya Airway’s maiden non-stop flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from Nairobi.
Mutungi,42, will once again make history after she became the first African female pilot to become certified as a Captain of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
“The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation. The airline will operate its Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers,” a statement by Kenya Airports Authorities (KAA) read.
Speaking on her past achievements, she said that “this is an inspiration to women, especially African women to show them that anything is possible.”
Captain Mutungi, named by Forbes magazine among "The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa 2014", developed an interest in becoming a commercial pilot after watching her father fly for KQ.
In 2017, she was the winner for “Africa Top Travel 100 Women.”
Thank you @Min_TourismKE for recognizing and awarding our very own Cpt. Irene Koki Mutungi as "Winner 2017 Africa Top Travel 100 Women"????????.She is also Africa's 1st B787 female captain. Presenting the award, KQ's COO Jan De Vegt and Director Flight Operations Cpt. Njoroge. pic.twitter.com/vYXp2iaYJY— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) June 18, 2018
According to reports, President Uhuru Kenyatta will be aboard the flight scheduled for October 28.