Lonely Planet Writer

Singapore Airlines hires women to pilot its planes for the first time

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has become one of the world’s last major global passenger airlines to hire women to fly its planes, with two women pilots currently in SIA cadet training.

Singapore Airlines.
Singapore Airlines. Image by Roderick Eime / CC BY 2.0

Female pilots still stand at less than 1% of the total among Singapore carriers, which falls significantly below the global average of 5%. At the other end of the spectrum, Indian airlines have among the world’s most female pilots, with almost 600 females among its 5050 pilots (11.6%). Last month, an all-women Air India crew operated the world’s longest continuous flight, from Delhi to San Francisco, in honour of International Women’s Day. Read more: straitstimes.com