Airlines taking more female pilots

Some airlines deploy schemes to recruit more women
The number of female pilots is shockingly low, but some airlines are trying to change this by taking in many more young women for pilot training.
Insiders explain that it is only recently that schools and career offices have been enthusing girls about subjects like science and engineering, as well as a potential career as a pilot.
Other reasons for the low number of female pilots include the lack of role models and the high cost of training.
Yet women pilots say there are practical benefits from the job, such as good – and equal – pay, flexibility, variety, challenge and travel.
Airlines are bringing in measures to attract more female applicants. Easyjet’s Amy Johnson initiative, named after a pioneering pilot, aims to double its new-entrant intake of women to 20% – or around 50 pilots a year – by 2020.
British Airways boosts the visibility of women pilots by visiting schools and recruitment events. It employs 220 female pilots out of total 3,800 and several hundred more have been taken on for training.
Virgin Atlantic’s Future Flyers Programme aims to attract recruits from diverse backgrounds – and more women. However, other airlines including BMI, Monarch and Jet2 do not have such schemes in place, while “Ryanair would not answer our questions”, the newspaper says.
The Guardian


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