In the past, it was not customary for men to service passengers on-board and a woman at the helm was a rare sight, Rúv.is reports. Those days are thankfully over albeit the majority of Icelandair’s pilots are male and the majority of flight attendants female.
Icelandair. Photo by PS.
The first time a crew was solely manned by an all-female crew was on June 19, 1999 on the occasion of Women’s Rights Day in Iceland. It was the first time in the history of international flights to and from Iceland that this occurred, but has happened several times since. June 23, 2001 is also a historic day for Icelandair. It was the day the first flight in which traditional gender roles were reversed with a female captain and pilot and all-male flight attendants.