Easyjet doubles number of female pilots
Easyjet says it has doubled the number of female pilots after in a year after it launched a recruitment drive.
The Amy Johnson initiative, named after the first female pilot to fly solo from the UK to Australia, caused a surge in applications.
Easyjet says it wants to increase the number further and has set a target for 20% of new pilot cadets to be female.
However, it said that target was "stretching". Women currently make up 6% of Easyet's new pilot intake.
The airline has 164 female pilots, of whom 62 are captains, about 14% of the world's total.
Only 3% of commercial airline pilots worldwide are female and only 450 of them have achieved the rank of captain - which means every female captain in the world could fit onto an A380 aircraft.
Easyjet chief executive Carolyn McCall said it was hard to think of another high-profile profession where women are so under-represented.
She told the BBC's Today programme that the industry needed to work on stereotyping.
"I still think there are quite firm attitudes about who flies aircraft - and that's from passengers, even female passengers," she said.
"There is a very deep perception here, which is that women don't fly planes."
Add Commentall comments
The boyfriend of The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann has been charged...
The mini collector's edition NES. Purchases will be limited to one NES...
But now it seems the former couple are attempting to put the past behind...
The father of the Tennessee teen found more than a month after she was...
Six-year-old Mustafa suffers nightmares, cries at the sound of airplanes...
Good looks apparently run in the family. The latest progeny from...