Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, recognised its top ten performing Emirati female engineering trainees by giving them the chance to attend the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando , Florida.

The conference was organised by Women in Aviation International, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting women who are building their careers in the competitive aviation and aerospace industry.

This year the conference was held under the theme ‘Honouring the past, guiding the present, and planting seeds for the future’. More than 4,500 participants attended the conference sessions and workshops which took place over a period of three days.

There were inspirational keynote speakers from all walks of life including astronauts, adventurers, engineers, authors and pilots.  In addition to the conference sessions and workshops, the Etihad trainees were able to network with female aviation specialists from around the world.

The Etihad Airways representatives visited the Kennedy Space Centre and the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where they met the Deans of the engineering and aviation faculties.