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Asia's Airlines Look for A lot more Female Pilots to Support Travel Boom

Asia has quickly become a worldwide hot spot for tourists, welcoming 100 million new visitors every year. This steep increase has led the area to need another 226,000 pilots in the next two decades, according to Boeing, and to satisfy the requirement, airline companies are focusing their interest on hiring more women.

There is such a huge demand to meet the growth that the gender predisposition will have to be brushed aside, Sherry Carbary, vice president of flight services for Boeing Co., told Bloomberg.

Presently, just about five percent of pilots globally are female, according to Liz Jennings Clark, chairwoman of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, and even less are captains. This suggests airline companies will need to expand their recruitment procedure and advertise to women, something not typically done. British Airways already has a picture of a female pilot on its employing website, and EVA Air is hiring from universities in Taiwan utilizing advertisements that reveal their female pilots.

Vietnam Airlines Corp. is producing work schedules that consider demands of domesticity. U.K.-based EasyJet Plc has actually established a scholarship with the British Women Pilots Association to finance the costs of training women pilots. Discovering capable flight crews isn’t simple, stated Richard Yeh, who oversees pilot training at EVA Air, which says they’re aiming to work with 100 pilots a year.

Airlines are likewise thinking about changing their pilot’s schedules to accommodate working moms. Flying time for female pilots might be limited due to maternal leave or the truth they require time to care for their kids, Luu Hoang Minh, a Vietnam Airlines flight crew deputy director, stated in an email to the news outlet.

And it’s likely the Asian market isn’t the only one that will recruit more women. Africa is seeing a massive increase in visitors, and the number of air tourists around the world is anticipated to double to 7 billion by 2034, according to the International Air Transport Association.