Easyjet doubles number of female pilots

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."



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