Airline Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, commonly known as Koki Mutungi, is a professional pilot in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community.
She was the first female on the African continent to become certified as a Captain of the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft.
Kenya Airways appointed Koki captain of the Boeing 787 in April 2014, making her the first African female Dreamliner certified captain in the world.
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She was born circa 1976 to Kenyan parents. Her father was a commercial pilot with Kenya Airways. He has since retired and is an aviation consultant. Koki attended Moi Girls School Nairobi.
After graduating high school in 1992, at the age of 17 years, she enrolled in flight school at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, where she obtained her Private Pilot’s License.
She continued her pilot education in Oklahoma City in the United States where she was awarded the Commercial Pilot’s License, by the Federal Aviation Administration.
She returned to Kenya in 1995 and was hired by Kenya Airways, as their first female pilot. She was the only female pilot at the airline for the next six years.
In 2004, she became the first African woman to qualify to captain a commercial aircraft, when she qualified to command the Boeing 737