Do you know that only 4% of the airline pilots in the world are women? Part of this small amount of pioneer women, Salma Al Baloushi.
Salma is the first Emirati female pilot working for the Abu Dhabi based airline company Etihad Airways. She joined the Cadet Pilot in 2007 and was ranked as a qualified First Officer on Airbus 320 in 2011.
Not only successful in her professional life, but Salma is also the proud wife of an Aircraft Engineer, pilot on A380, and the happiest Mom of 2 angels.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR CAREER, WHERE DID THE ADVENTURE START? WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO FOLLOW THIS CAREER PATH?
I’ve always loved being in two places (Airports and Hospitals). These are the places where you can meet people from different countries and different backgrounds and cultures. That's the reason I studied nursing before joining Etihad.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST HURDLE YOU’VE HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR SECTOR? To convince the society 10 years ago that I want to be a pilot and fly around the world. "Who's going to marry you? How you're going to have a family? This job is not for an Emirati girl".
CAN YOU GIVE US ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR STARTING OUT AND SUCCEEDING IN YOUR SECTOR?
In my 10 years journey, I learned that I don't have to lose my values and ethics or the culture for the sake of my dreams. I can achieve my ambitions without losing my beliefs.
PILOTE AND CO PILOTE ARE MOST OF THE TIME MEN, NOT ONLY IN THE REGION BUT IN GENERAL IN THE AERONAUTIC INDUSTRY. HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR PLACE IN THIS WORLD? AND DO YOU THINK THAT IN THE FUTURE, THEY WILL HAVE MORE FEMALE IN THIS INDUSTRY?
To be honest from the colleagues' side it was never a problem. They've been very supportive and helping us always. But there were some people against this. Because they were concerned about how can we manage between our family and flying. And some of them because of jealousy.
NAME A WOMAN, PAST OR PRESENT, WHOM YOU ADMIRE? Aysha Alhamily The First Emirati Female Pilot In UAE. she's always been, my role model.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE QUOTES?
"Your Success is the worst pain your haters will ever experience in life."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATION?
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS TO GET OVER JET LAG?
It's all about managing your sleep and good nutrition.
COULD YOU TELL US WHAT IS « INFLUENTE WOMEN » FOR YOU?
Every woman who loves herself, who fights for her rights, who cares about her family, community, and her country. A woman who inspires me in any aspect of life.