Research finds only 5.2% of airline pilots are women

posted on 21st August 2019 by Justin Burns
Research finds only 5.2% of airline pilots are women

Research by online travel platform fromAtoB on which airlines have the highest proportion of female pilots has found the global average working across all carriers is only 5.2 per cent.

The study also found Flybe, Luxair, Qantas, and Hawaiian have the highest proportion of female pilots, while the fewest number of women are in the cockpits of Aeroflot and Emirates.

Among European airlines, Flybe and Luxair came at the top, with each having 10 per cent of women piloting their fleets.

Globally, 11.6 per cent of Australian regional carrier QantasLink’s pilots are women, while the figure is 9.6 per cent for Hawaiian Airlines.

These figures are, however, almost twice the global average of just 5.2 per cent, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP).

Among the nearly 4,200 pilots working for Russian airliner Aeroflot, 58 are women, or just 1.4 per cent, while the number is not much higher for Emirates, at 2.3 per cent.

The figures were taken from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP) annual reports. This was then confirmed or corrected by fromAtoB email or telephone correspondence.

The pilot shares of easyJet, Emirates, Flybe, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Aeroflot were only visible in the ALPA report and were not commented on by the company. FromAtoB said a large British airline corrected the researched value, but asked fromAtoB not to include it in the analysis.

The full results can be found here.

(Picture credit: British Airways)