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Maisa Hazeem becomes First Bahraini Lady Pilot at Gulf Air

Travel News Asia Monday, 5 February 2007

Maisa Hazeem has become the first Bahraini woman to qualify as First Officer in Gulf Air.

Maisa Hazeem

Gulf Air Vice President Operations, Capt Hameed Ali, congratulated Maisa on her achievement and wished her a successful career.

"It is by no means an ordinary achievement," he said. "She had to pass through hurdles, which are quite challenging and demanding. The two-year training programme is a rigorous one and there are no favours or concessions shown for being a woman."

"Secondly, in this part of the world, there is a myth that a flying career is exclusive to men and that women are less skilled to take up this job. Maisa broke that myth by proving she is equally capable and talented. She is a sterling example of a successful Bahraini woman, and I am sure her success will open doors for more Bahraini women who want to achieve."

A graduate of electronic engineering from the University of Bahrain class of 2000, Maisa worked as an air traffic controller at the Bahrain International Airport for two years before joining Gulf Air's cadet pilot programme in 2004.

Maisa commented on the achievement saying, "It is a great feeling to be a pilot for Gulf Air and I personally think any female can do it. All one needs is sincerity, hard work, competitive spirit and the determination to succeed."

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