Female pilot wins Saudi licence
Riyadh, April 21, 2014
Thirty-five-year-old Hanadi Al-Hindi, has become the first licensed female pilot in Saudi Arabia, a report said.
Al-Hindi, who had battled kidney problems, has acquired licence from the Jeddah-based General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to fly planes in Saudi Arabia, it said.
Al-Hindi has begun flying small and wide-bodied luxury planes belonging to a fleet from the Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), the Arab News report said.
Khaled Al-Khaibary, a GACA spokesman, neither confirmed nor denied awarding the license to Al-Hindi, saying he would verify the information on Monday.
Al-Hindi, however, confirmed receipt of the licence via telephone from the US, said the report.
“Saudi women are capable of taking on any job previously held exclusively by men in Saudi Arabia,” she said.
Al-Hindi became the Kingdom’s first woman pilot after being hired by Kingdom Holding Company chairman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. She became a celebrity after gaining her commercial pilot’s licence in 2006 from Jordan.