What a beautiful way to close out Black History Month.
Together, Atlanta-based First Officer Dawn Cook and Detroit-based Captain Stephanie Johnson led the way in the cockpit and flew a mainline flight which became the first of its flights with two African-American female pilots in the flight deck. Johnson also became Delta’s first African-American female captain.
The women flew from Detroit to Las Vegas last week then snapped a photo together, according to Delta’s website.
This comes in good PR timing for Delta, which has been through much negative press regarding racially-driven incidents. In February, the airline launched a series: “Delta’s Very Own Heroes” highlighting Delta’s African-American staff achievements.
Johnson, who was also Northwest Airline’s first African-American female pilot in 1997, describes in a Q&A on Delta’s website:
There are so few women in this profession and too many women who still don’t think of it as a career option. When I was hired by Northwest Airlines, there were 12 African-American women airline pilots in the country at the major airlines, and I knew all of their names.
You go girls!!
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