Emirates, Aeroflot named as having biggest pilot gender gap

Emirates, Aeroflot named as having biggest pilot gender gap
The global average for women cockpit crew is 5.2%
Published: 22 August 2019 - 11:30 a.m.
By: Louise Birchall
Female pilots are still a rarity at airlines including Russia’s Aeroflot and Dubai-based Emirates, even as other carriers ramp up efforts to narrow the gender gap.

The companies, along with Finnair Oyj and Jetconnect of New Zealand, have the lowest ratio of women aviators, a study by travel platform FromAtoB.com indicates.

The ranking of 45 airlines draws on data from the Air Line Pilots Association and International Society of Women Airline Pilots, sister title Arabian Business reported.

“We have just over 30 female pilots among our about 1,000 flight deck staff, and we have been working hard to increase that share,” Finnair spokeswoman Päivyt Tallqvist said by phone. “We’ve been doing targeted recruitment and in recent rounds the proportion of women has increased.”

Aeroflot employs about 4,200 pilots, of whom 58 are women, the study says. The Russian carrier, together with Emirates, and Jetconnect, didn’t return phone calls or emails seeking comment outside regular business hours.

Smaller airlines head the list, with Australia’s QantasLink top on close to 12% female pilots, and UK-based FlyBe Group tied for second with Luxair, the Luxembourg flag-carrier. Hawaiian Airlines is the leading US operator.

The global average for women cockpit crew is 5.2%, with most major players ranking around that level, according to the study.

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