Koki Mutungi; Making History in the Airline Space

By Duchess Magazine

Airline captain Irene Koki Mutungi, also known as Koki Mutungi, is a licensed pilot in Kenya. She is the first female Boeing 787 Dreamliner captain from Africa.

She is the first female captain and pilot for Kenya Airways. She oversaw the first father-daughter flight and all-female crew flight in Africa.

Flying alongside her father, a pilot for Kenya Airways, at an early age sparked her desire to become a pilot, and she hasn’t looked back since.

She enrolled in flight training at Wilson Airport in Nairobi when she was 17 years old, where she earned her Private Pilot’s License. She proceeded to the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States to get her commercial pilot’s license.

“Dreams give meaning to our lives. They prepare us to set our goals and then to achieve them. I will say that a person without dreams is similar to a bird without wings. Therefore, don’t stop dreaming… Become,” said Captain Irene Koki Mutungi.

Upon her return to Kenya, she was hired by Kenya Airways as the airline’s first female pilot, and she has worked with the company for more than 20 years.


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