Former flight attendant becomes the president of Japan Airlines for the first time
Japan Airlines has appointed a woman to the position of president for the first time. This is an unexpected step for one of the world's largest air carriers.
Mitsuko Tottori started working as a flight attendant for the company in 1985 and has had a brilliant career over the past decades, the BBC reports.
According to her, her high position should inspire other women to pursue a career.
Despite some progress in the industry, few major carriers can boast women in senior management positions.
On April 1, Mitsuko Tottori will succeed Yuji Akasaka as president, who will take over as chairman of the board of directors, the company's highest position.
The leadership changes come just two weeks after an Airbus A350 collided with a Coast Guard plane at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
As a result of the incident, all 379 passengers and crew of the A350 were successfully evacuated. Five people died in the other plane.