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It wasn't too long ago that Saudi Arabia announced they're allowing women to drive cars, and now in another favorable step towards some form of gender equality, the country's first female pilot just flew her first trip.

Yasmeen Al Maimani got her license six years ago, but it wasn't until a few days ago that she finally got to fly her first commercial flight for her country. Saudi Arabian airline Nesma Airways gave her the permit last week after she'd spent months trying to find a job. With 300 hours of flying practice in the US, Al Maimani is definitely up for the task, and she even posted a photo on her Instagram of her maiden voyage, celebrating the momentous occasion.

This step comes after Saudi issued the first local flight permits to five female pilots last August, but it was Al Maimani to draw first blood and set her name in stone.

Source: Harper's Bazaar Arabia