HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaiian Airlines operated their very first flight with a mother and daughter pilot on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Mother, Captain Kamelia Zarka and her daughter, First Officer Maria Zarka took flight over the Pacific.
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Both pilots flew from neighboring islands in the Boeing 717 aircraft.
According to Hawaiian Airlines the daughter was hired as a Boeing 717 first officer earlier this year and the mother, a Boeing 717 captain, was the first Tongan woman to captain a commercial airline.
“It was a dream come true. I’ve been so lucky on my aviation career so far but being able to fly right seat with my mom was an unbelievable lifetime experience. Everybody always comes up to me and tells me how amazing my mom is to fly with and today I got to experience that firsthand,” said First Officer Maria Zarka.
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The mother and daughter pilot duo is encouraging other young girls to follow their dreams.