An historic moment recently took place after an all-female flight crew landed a Royal Brunei plane in Saudi Arabia. Touching down on February 23rd the landing would have gone unnoticed if it wasn't for Saudi Arabia's law on driving which means only men are able to obtain a drivers license. However despite the fact that women will be arrested or fined if caught driving in public it isn't illegal for them to fly a plane.
The first Saudi woman obtained her pilots license in 2014 and Royal Brunei is currently working to add more women to their workforce in order to restore a balance given that it's estimated there's only 4,000 female pilots out of the 130,000 in the world, out of which only 450 work as captains. Sharifah Czarena Surainy, who landed the plane in Saudi Arabia is actually Royal Brunei's first female pilot. "As a woman, a Bruneian woman, it is such a great achievement," Surainy said in an interview with The Brunei Times. Here's to hoping that she inspires a younger generation to follow in her steps and take to the sky.