American Airlines Empowering Women in the Skies

posted on 19th August 2022 by Eddie Saunders
American Airlines Empowering Women in the Skies

American Airlines hosted the Bessie Coleman Aviation All-Stars tour to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license in 1921.

She bravely broke down barriers within the world of aviation and paved the path for many to follow.

To honor her legacy, American hosted Gigi Coleman, Bessie’s great niece, on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Phoenix.

The flight was operated by an all-Black Female crew — from the pilots and Flight Attendants to the Cargo team members and the aviation maintenance technician.

American is being intentional in its efforts to diversify the flight deck. Black women have been notably underrepresented in the aviation industry, especially as pilots, representing less than 1% in the commercial airline industry. Through the American Airlines Cadet Academy, the airline is committed to expanding awareness of and increasing accessibility to the pilot career within diverse communities.

The historic flight crew

Beth Powell
Pilot, Captain 737

Charlene Shortte
Pilot, First Officer 737

Cheryl Gaymon
Flight Attendant

Mary Roberson
Flight Attendant

Vanessa Bennett
Flight Attendant

Breana James
Flight Attendant

Sharron Brooks
Crew Chief

Nicole White
Crew Chief

Maya Matthews
Fleet Service Agent

Natasha Williams
Fleet Service Agent

Alisha Bates
Fleet Service Agent

Patricia Milfort
MOD, Customer Operations

Arlene Law
Customer Service Coordinator

Lynette Daniels Moody
Customer Service Coordinator

Lillie Hayes
Customer Service Coordinator

Kacy Stevenson
Customer Service Coordinator

Tracy Brown
Customer Service Agent

Muju Abdul-Qadir
IAM Control Center Coordinator

Pamela Calton
TWU Aviation Maintenance Technician

Audrey Van Hook
TWU Crew Chief Ramp

Crystal Tochi McDaniel
Duty Manager, Cargo Services

Sandra Butler
TWU Crew Chief Ramp

Jessika Mejia
Premium Customer Services Rep

Veronda Butler
Sr. Manager, Premium Guest Services Operations