Irene Koki Mutungi





In April 2014, Kenya’s own Irene Koki Mutungi was certified as Africa’s first female captain of the aviation industry, current state sensation, Boeing 787 Dreamliner. At the helm of Kenya Airways newest machine is a woman of many firsts. The promotion to fly the plane came after Koki Mutungi captained 767, which is slowly being replaced by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.



Date Event
2014 First female african dreamliner captain

Her achievements do not come as a surprise because at 17 she attended Kenya school of flying. Later, she joined Oklahoma City fly school. Irene’s dad was a pilot for Kenya airways, and at the age of 2 years, she would occasionally fly with her dad, which made her develop an interest in flying. Her Achievements have paved way for her to be named as African captain of the dream liner.

2014 Koki Mutungi the ambassador of Africa

Koki Mutungi considers herself an ambassador of Africa. She admits that Africans come from an ambitious continent for both men and women and the sky is not the limit. Koki notes that several Africans are in particular fields of excellence and she considers herself one of those leaders who is an ambassador of Africa. In a male dominated field, it has not been smooth sailing and this has given her the zeal to aim higher.

2014 Koki Mutungi embraces the Dreamliner

Koki Mutungi admits that the 787 Dreamliner is modern, sophisticated and easier as it does most of the thinking for you. She hopes she can be an inspiration to women especially African to make them believe that everything is possible. In future, Koki hopes to start a foundation on women to encourage them to get into careers that are more technical.

2014 Koki Mutungi has led a cultural revolution in the field of aviation.

Captain Koki Mutungi has broken barriers in aviation giving more women a chance to fly. She is setting an example and is headed in the right direction. Just like other women, she likes relaxing, meditating and praying and is a great lover of spas. Occasionally, she would play golf or go for horse riding. She has flown with Kenya Airways for 19years from the Foka, 737, 757 all the way to the 787 Dreamliner. Without doubt, Captain Koki Mutungi has led a cultural revolution in the field of aviation.



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