Riyadh Air welcomes first intake of Saudi female trainee engineers

Riyadh Air welcomes first intake of Saudi female trainee engineers

The budding engineers are high-school graduates chosen from thousands of applicants

Riyadh Air, the new national airline of Saudi Arabia, has taken another significant step on its road to its first flight in 2025 with the first intake of 27 female staff who have commenced a 30-month diploma course to become certified aircraft engineering technicians. 

In a first for Saudi Arabia, female engineers will study under the supervision of Aviation Australia and the International Aviation Technical College at Riyadh Airport, following an MOU between Riyadh Air and the Colleges of Excellence in August 2023.

The budding engineers are Saudi high-school graduates with impressive GPAs, chosen from thousands of applicants for the role.

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The airline is committed to inclusiveness and has specifically chosen females for its entire first intake of trainee engineers the apprenticeship programme to establish their intent.

Female aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians currently account for only 3.0% (*ICAO Statistics) of the worldwide workforce. With a shortfall of qualified maintenance workers expected in the coming years, Riyadh Air is harnessing an expanding talent pool of Saudi females who are keen to enter non-traditional roles in the industry.

Riyadh Air CEO Tony Douglas said: "Riyadh Air is an airline that will challenge perceptions while representing the modern, dynamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ensuring we are well represented in terms of gender equality is an important pillar of our business and introducing young women to the technical side of our airline demonstrates that we are serious about creating an airline that meets the expectations of Vision 2030."

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