Zimbabwe re-wrote its aviation history last week when the country witnessed its first all female flight deck crew flying Air Zimbabwe’s Boeing 737.

The flight from Harare to Victoria Falls was in the safe hands of Captain Chipo M. Matimba andCaptain Elizabeth Simbi Petros, who flew the B737 – 200.

Prepping up Photo: Air Zimbabwe

Air Zimbabwe posted pictures of the maiden all female deck crew on its Facebook page while Captain Matimba also shared photos of the groundbreaking moment. Cpt Matimba wrote: “History has been made! First all female flight deck crew on the Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737! Two CAPTAINS!! Absolute pleasure Captain Elizabeth Simbi Petros! #FLYBABES. #PaintingTheSkyPink!”.

After the flight, Captain Simbi Petros, wrote on her Facebook page, “Air Zim First:- All Women 737 Flight Deck Crew!!!! Flt to Vic Falls This Morning.Was A pleasure Skipper Chipo Matimba!!!!!!”

The news has been shared and celebrated across various social media platforms.


Recently, 28 year-old Lieutenant Ouma Laouali broke Niger’s military glass ceiling when she became the first female pilot to serve in the country’s Armed Forces, flying the Cessna aircraft, a “combat caravan”, used for various military operations. The news was also greeted with much celebration on social media and carried on various news sites.

Source: Air Zimbabwe