Meet first Emirati Female with First Officer's Rank at Etihad Airways

  • Publish date: Thursday، 02 December 2021 Last update: Thursday، 30 November 2023
Meet first Emirati Female with First Officer's Rank at Etihad Airways

Captain Salma Al Baloushi is the first Emirati female to rise to First Officer’s rank at Etihad Airways. She talks about her success, life, and vision.

  1. What sparked your passion for aviation?

When I read about the Etihad Airways Cadet Pilot Program I wondered if there were any women pilots in UAE and immediately clicked in my mind reading news about the first Emirati Female Pilot Captain Aysha Alhamli and I said to myself I want to be just like her.

  1. How did you overcome the mental obstacles?

Whenever I thought of Aviation it always came to mind that it is a male-dominated world and I have to prove myself but I was so lucky to be surrounded by very good colleagues (male) who told me to focus on improving my skills and not on what they're saying.

  1. How do you feel when you’re flying?

My flights always used to be my happy hours where I can be happiest and just embrace the blessings of God.

  1. How do you approach challenges?

I always try to seek answers and build my knowledge so I can find a way to deal with challenges and come out of it with valuable lessons.

  1. What’s the bravest step you’ve taken?

To change my career, from nursing to a pilot to an aircraft accident investigator.

  1. How did you feel the first time you flew?

My first flight was on my birthday and it was the best gift ever. I took it as a sign from God that I'm meant to be a pilot.

  1. Has flying changed your perception of life on land?

Of course by exploring different natural phenomena such as Northern lights and seeing the beauty of different land marks.

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