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Kurdish woman in Sulaimani earns certification to fly Boeing 737

By Rudaw 15/5/2017
Warte Abubakir Ali seen in the cockpit of an airplane. Photo: Iraqi MOT
Warte Abubakir Ali seen in the cockpit of an airplane. Photo: Iraqi MOT
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region — A Kurd is the first woman to pilot a Boeing 737 jet airliner in Iraq after earning her requisite certifications as an employee at Iraqi Airways.

"She is the first woman to fly a Boeing 737 in Iraq,” Dana Mohammed, media officer in the public relations department at Sulaimani International Airport, told Rudaw English. 


Warte Abubakir Ali, 26, had earned her certificate in civil aviation in 2015 in Denmark. 

"It's important for two reasons,” Mohammed said. “We are proud of because she is a Kurd and that she is a pilot.”

The Boeing 737 Next Gen model can carry hundreds of passengers. Photo: Boeing

Ali now flies for Iraq’s national airlines, according to Mohammed.

Iraqi Airways has 26 Boeing 737 Next Gen planes active, according to the industry monitor Air Fleets.

The Boeing 737 is designed for regional flights and can carry between up to 215 passengers, depending on its variant.


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Xogr | 15/5/2017
Congratulation for all kurds
Mohamedzzz | 15/5/2017
This is the type of women that Kurds need for their future and not Turkey's and Saudi Arabia's style stone-age women with Burka, and full of inferiority complexes.
Hoshyar Zaxoy | 15/5/2017
Better than driving taxi or changing motor oil. At least she achieved a personal ambition. Once the excitement is over, pilots suffer terribly from time zone changes, unsocial life, stress of flying and are at mercy of technology and "Iraqi" maintenance quality. I wonder why Rudaw reporter didn't interview her directly. As to the concept of "Iraq" I find it very hard to accept it anymore.
kurdish guy | 15/5/2017
successful and beautiful I wish you more of it every day!
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 15/5/2017
Warte Abubakir Ali, we Kurds are so proud of you. Congratulations !!! my question when our poor women in Duhok and Zaxo will be able to ride a bicycle ??????
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