Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Female pilots: Which airline has the highest number?

Globally, just 5.18% of commercial pilots are women, according to the Air Line Pilots Association International trade union.

Indian airlines employ the highest proportion of female pilots at 12.4%. That's according to the latest statistics from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP).
Indian airlines employ the highest proportion of female pilots at 12.4%. That's according to the latest statistics from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP).

Zoom Air, a regional Indian airline, tops the leader board. ISWAP says it employs nine female pilots out of a total of 30.

Kathy McCullough, communications chairwoman for ISWAP and a retired female captain, said that Indian companies have "aggressively encouraged more women to become airline pilots in what they see as an upcoming pilot shortage."

A report by Boeing found that with a growing middle class in India, commercial air travel is expected to become more frequent.

In the UK, about 4.77% of airline pilots are women.

How much do pilots earn on average?
A typical day for an airline pilot could include flying passengers or cargo to short-haul or more far-flung destinations.

Commercial pilots' salaries depend on the airline they're working for, the type of aircraft they fly and their level of experience.

Starting salaries range between £20-30,000 for those in the cockpit.

For experienced captains, pay can reach more than £140,000.

That's higher than the £105,250 you could earn as an air commodore in the Royal Air Force, according to the National Careers Service in the UK.
06/11/18 Lora Jones/BBC News

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