First Portuguese woman pilot takes to the skies

in News · 23-06-2001 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

At 36-years of age, Teresa Carvalho this week became the first Portuguese woman to pilot a commercial flight when she flew 114 passengers from Lisbon to Milan.

A little over 13 years ago, Teresa Carvalho decided to exchange domestic house work for the clouds when she enrolled for a course in piloting in passenger aircraft.
Now 36 years-old, she became the first woman pilot in Portuguese civil aviation history when she guided a TAP Air Portugal Airbus 319 from Lisbon to Milan.
While most of the 114 passengers on boarD were business people and frequent flyers of this particular route, they were unable to disguise their anxiety after the announcement, "This is Teresa Carvalho, your captain speaking, hope you enjoy your flight with TAP Air Portugal", was made.
At least she did not inform the passengers she had passed her pilot's exam a mere three days before and that this was to be her inaugural flight.
She effortlessly lifted the plane off the Lisbon International Airport runway at 08h15 and Milan bore witness to a smooth landing a few hours later.
Lost baggage in Milan however meant that the return flight to Lisbon was delayed by two and a half hours.
Though having completed a life-long dream to pilot a passenger plane, Teresa is currently only limited to flying short distances which are mostly European routes, but hopes to be ferrying passengers to all four corners of the globe in the not too distant future.


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