This is not the first time Sharafbafi, 44, has earned a “first female” title; she was Iran’s first woman to earn a PhD in Aerospace. She also led several aviation projects and taught various aerospace courses at the Amir Kabir University of Technology and Shahid Sattari University of Aeronautical Engineering.
Sharafbafi replaces Farhad Ali Parvaresh who was elected to the Board of Governors at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in June this year.
IATA is a trade association of the world’s airlines, consisting of 274 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, which account for carrying approximately 83% of total air traffic. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since partial lifting of the Crippling Sanctions against the Islamic Republic last year, Iran is buying 220 new aircraft from Airbus, Boeing and ATR, to revamp its aging civilian airliner.
On July 3, 1988, Iran Air flight 655 became the target of America’s space terrorism which resulted in the murder of 290 passenger onboard.
The other countries which have female airline CEOs are Malaysia, Kuwait, Syria, UK, Ireland, Namibia, Russian Federation, Australia, Brazil, Tanzania and Ecuador – but some of the airlines with female CEOs are local.