An Egyptian woman has become the first Arab female pilot to fly the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane.

Emirates Airline marked International Women's Day by posting a video of captain Nevin Darwish piloting the giant jet.

The clip shows Darwish flying the aircraft from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to Vienna, Austria, alongside Emirati first officer Alia Al Muhairi, the youngest Emirati A380 female pilot.

In the video, Muhairi calls Darwish a "wonderful role model" and said she was an "inspiration to all young pilots around the world".

"With such a great attitude and such a wonderful perspective on things, to see her come every day to work, with the same motivation as if it was her first flight."

"It was a pleasure flying with Alia, she has a positive and dedicated attitude," Darwish says. "She does her job very well – she makes me proud and excited. I see Alia as an example of what a generation of female pilots can achieve."

The Airbus A380 is a double-decker, wide-body jet airliner manufactured by European manufacturer Airbus.

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Pilots Nevin Darwish and Alia Al-Muhairi fly the A380 YouTube/Emirates