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EL-AL makes airline history with first all-female cockpit crew


An El Al flight that flew from Israel to Larnaca, Cyprus on Thursday under the UP brand seemed like any other. Only this flight was a small-but-significant historical moment for the Israeli airline: its cockpit was comprised entirely of women.

The controls were in the hands of Captain Smadar Shechter and First Officer Meirav Schwartz, who were booked on the flight together by total happenstance. Speaking with Ynet, Shechter, 44, recalled the events. “I had to switch flights, and when I arrived at the airport I suddenly saw I was booked with Meirav. That’s how we found ourselves suddenly together before takeoff. Of course, we were both very excited.”

Shechter added, “It’s fun to see all the departments in El Al supporting us, that they were excited for us about this flight. They made me feel like ‘there’s no home like El Al (a reference to El Al’s commercial slogan in Hebrew. -Ed).’ People’s responses speak for themselves and it’s


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