February 26 2020
Following the announcement of their initial partnership at the Middle Eastern Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference in December, HADID International Services and Dreams Soar have now elevated their status to a global partnership.
Founded by Pilot Shaesta Waiz, Dreams Soar is a non-profit organisation which aims to inspire young women to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and aviation education.
Shaesta Waiz, 30, has challenged the odds to become the first female civilian pilot from Afghanistan and is currently embarking on an epic solo flight around the world in a single engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36. The flight aims to expand the initiative of the Dreams Soar global outreach programme. Ms Waiz began her journey in Florida on 13 May and is visiting 19 countries. Having left the United Arab Emirates on 23 June she will fly on through Asia and Australia before crossing the Pacific, ultimately returning to the USA and back to Florida.
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Dubai, HADID is providing a wide range of flight support services to Shaesta Waiz throughout her incredible journey.
Pilot Shaesta Waiz said “HADID has become family to me, supporting every aspect of flight planning, logistics, visas and permits acquisition, fuelling arrangements and always taking the extra step to ensure I am relieved of these tasks to focus on flying the Bonanza, and supporting outreach”
Lyndse Costabile, Chairwoman for Dreams Soar’s Board of Directors added that “The decision to elevate and recognise HADID as a global partner comes at a most meaningful time along this global outreach programme”.
Issa Zuriqi, HADID Commercial Director stated “Supporting Pilot Shaesta and Dreams Soar means a lot to HADID, as we are committed to investing in future generations and supporting talent however possible. Her spirit to make this incredible mission possible, makes us proud to be a part of this trip. HADID champions equality in aviation and will continue to offer its unwavering support”.
Pilot Shaesta Waiz with Issa Zuriqi (Commercial Director, HADID) In Dubai.
About Dreams Soar
Dreams Soar, Inc., is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Shaesta Waiz, a dual-graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of STEM and aviation professionals. The global solo flight is the first phase of Dreams Soar’s worldwide effort to empower the next generation to pursue degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and aviation, specifically for young women and minorities. Supported by her dream team of collegiate students and young professionals, Waiz aims to be the first female pilot from Afghanistan to fly solo around the world, and youngest female to do so in a single-engine aircraft.
HADID International Services, headquartered in Dubai UAE, has been a leader in the aviation industry for over three decades and offers a comprehensive range of flight support services. These services include flight permits, charter, flight planning, navigation support and ground support services including handling, fuelling and concierge. As a long-established company, HADID offers an unrivalled legacy of on-demand reliable services. Evolving with the rapid growth and change in the aviation industry HADID are continually looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve and provide added value to consumers.