EasyJet have revealed plans to increase their number of female pilots, setting a new target for 2020 after receiving an increasing number of applications from women.
The surge of female applications came after The Amy Johnson Initiative was set up, named after Johnson being the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.
The company currently have 164 female pilots, 62 of which are captains, making up 14% of the world’s total. They now want to increase this number further have have set targets for 20% of new pilots to be female.
However the airline said the target was “stretching”. Female pilots account for just 6% of Easyjet’s new intake.
The airline has 164 female pilots, of whom 62 are captains, about 14% of the world’s total.
The 2020 target will mean Easyjet is recruiting 50 female pilots a year.
Carolyn McCall, Easyjet’s chief executive said:
“I am delighted to be unveiling this specially-named aircraft after one of the most accomplished female aviators in history.
“Fifty years ago almost all professions were dominated by men and over the last five decades there has been significant progress in almost every sector with women entering and attaining senior positions in professions like law, medicine, education, finance and politics.
“However, the proportion has not changed for pilots and it is hard to think of another high-profile profession where women are so underrepresented.
“We would like to understand why this is and to do what we can to redress the balance. We have been encouraged by the success of our Amy Johnson initiative since we launched it in October 2015 and the results so far suggest that the demand from women to become pilots is there.
“In light of us achieving our first target we have set a new target of 20% female new entrant cadet pilots by 2020. This means that we will be recruiting around 50 annually, which will really start to change the face of our industry.
Earlier this month, WeAreTheCity interviewed two female pilots. Read their thoughts on female representation in aviation here.