The first flight dispatched, operated and handled entirely by women landed at Brisbane Airport on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day. 

Virgin Australia’s VA313 from Melbourne entered the history books when it arrived at Gate 46 at Brisbane's Domestic Terminal. Roles carried out by women on or concerning the flight ranged from captain to air traffic controller. Women were also responsible for loading the aircraft and carrying out the duties of the Australian Federal Police.  

The flight was a collaboration between Brisbane-based Virgin Australia, Melbourne Airport and Brisbane Airport. 

“There isn’t a single role across aviation that women can’t do and today’s flight proves that. I look forward to a time when seeing women across aviation isn’t extraordinary, but the everyday,” said Jane Dionysius, executive general manager of human resources at Brisbane Airport Corporation.

“International Women’s Day 2023 is about Cracking the Code. Initiatives like today where the industry works together provide young women with a powerful visual reminder that the sky is not the limit.” 

Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus said she hoped the flight would inspire more women to work in aviation. 

“There are plenty of diverse and exciting career opportunities spanning airports, airlines and air traffic control, from engineering, maintenance and safety positions, pilots, and cabin crew to corporate and commercial roles.” 

Image: Virgin Australia