New Delhi: In a historic achievement, three Royal Brunei Airlines pilots have become the company's first all-female flight crew to land in Saudi Arabia, the country where women are not allowed to drive.
The women flew the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Brunei to Jeddah.
The milestone coincided with Brunei's National Day to celebrate independence.
“As a woman, a Bruneian woman, it is such a great achievement. It’s really showing the younger generation or the girls especially that whatever they dream of, they can achieve it,” said the captain, who completed her initial pilot training at the Cabair Flying School in Cranfield.
Saudi Arabia is the world's only country to forbid women from driving. The women in the country have launched a series of campaigns - including on social media - to demand an easing of the restrictions.
Last year women in Saudi Arabia cast their votes, for the first time in municipal elections. A total of 978 women also registered as candidates.
The decision to allow women to take part was taken by the late King Abdullah and is seen as a key part of his legacy.