Women’s Day: Air India’s 15% of its total 1,825 pilots are female
Air India on Wednesday said 15% of its 1,825 pilots are women pilots, making it a carrier with the largest number of female pilots.
To stamp Worldwide Women’s Day, the Goodbye Gathering claimed Air India, alongside Air India Express and AirAsia India, has scheduled in excess of 90 all-women group flights, and the carriers have been working these all-women team flights on global and domestic routes since Walk 1, as per a release.
As per the transporter, women constitute north of 40% of Air India’s labor force, with 275 of its 1,825 pilots being women, representing 15% of the cockpit group strength and making it a carrier having one of the largest numbers of female pilots.
The aviation industry has traditionally been dominated by men, but in recent years, more and more women are taking to the skies as pilots. Women have been flying planes for over a century, but it is only in the last few decades that they have started to make significant progress in the field.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as of 2021, only 7% of all pilots in the United States are women. This number may seem small, but it represents a significant increase from just a few decades ago. In the 1960s, less than 1% of pilots were women.
Despite the progress that has been made, women pilots still face significant challenges in the industry. One of the most significant challenges is the lack of female role models. When young girls don’t see women in leadership roles, they are less likely to consider careers in those fields. This lack of representation can make it challenging for women to break into the aviation industry.
Another challenge that women pilots face is sexism and discrimination. Some male pilots and aviation professionals still hold sexist attitudes, which can make it difficult for women to advance in their careers. Some women pilots have reported being treated unfairly or not taken seriously because of their gender.
However, despite these challenges, many women are thriving in the aviation industry. Female pilots are breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes every day. They are proving that women can excel in traditionally male-dominated fields and that gender should not be a barrier to success.
One of the most famous female pilots is Amelia Earhart, who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932. Since then, many women have followed in her footsteps and made their own mark in aviation history. Women pilots have flown combat missions, become commercial airline pilots, and even flown in space.
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of women pursuing careers in aviation. Many organizations and companies are working to encourage and support women who are interested in becoming pilots.
For example, the nonprofit organization Women in Aviation International provides scholarships, mentorship, and networking opportunities for women in the aviation industry.
In conclusion, female pilots are breaking down barriers and proving that women can excel in traditionally male-dominated fields. Despite the challenges that women pilots face, more and more women are pursuing careers in aviation and making their mark in the industry.
As more women become pilots, they are inspiring the next generation of young girls to consider careers in aviation and shattering stereotypes along the way.
[Writer Poonam Mayani is from Pune]
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