Thursday, September 07, 2006

Women are now high-fliers

Mumbai: In the last one year or so, with the sudden increase in the number of pilots in India, the male-female ratio of pilots employed by airlines has also undergone a significant change.No one knows when it happened, but the percentage of women pilots in India has far surpassed the global average.
According to International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21), the percentage of women pilots globally is 5.88. Compare that to India, where the conservative estimate of women pilots is now about 11%.
Though no agency or organisation in India has data on gender ratio for the country’s pilots, statistics gathered from airlines and the pilots' ground training exams held in July show that the percentage of women employed or taking up career as pilots in India is almost double that of the global percentage.
07/09/06 Manju V/Times of India
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