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Biman Bangladesh Airlines  operated a special flight by all women to mark the International Women's Day.

Captain Tania Reza and First Officer Sarwat Siraj Antara flew the special flight with all-women crew with a Boeing 737-800 on Dhaka-Sylhet route.

The flight BG-603 took off from the domestic terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with 80 passengers at 01.50pm.

The national flag carrier took the initiative to encourage women in aviation sector as well as inspire them to move forward matching up with other airlines globally.

To mark the day, a ceremony was held at the domestic terminal. Biman Managing Director and CEO A M Mosaddique Ahmed and Director (Admin) M. Mominul Islam were present.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director and CEO A M Mosaddique Ahmed said country's women are moving ahead competing with the globe and Biman has organized such flight as a symbol of this. 

He revealed that Biman has taken a scheme to appoint 50 percent women staff by 2030. 

Apart from pilots and cabin crew, female security personnel and ground handling staffs were deployed for the flight.

Biman General Manager (PR) Shakil Meraj said: Biman thinks such move would encourage the female to join the diversified aviation industry. 

Captain Tania Reza, who joined Biman in 2000, so far operated F-28, DC10-30 and Airbus A-310, and now she is performing duty as captain of Boeing 737-800. Tania has experienced of 6,000 flying hours.

Besides, Antara has joined Biman in 2011 and gained experience of flying with Dash8-Q400 and Boeing 737-800 so far.

Biman has now 140 pilots of which nine are lady pilots and over 50 percent female cabin crew of the total 400 cabin crew. 

Besides, female employees are working with efficiency in ground service, engineering section and other departments of Biman.