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EasyJet wants even more female pilots

Staff Writer |
EasyJet has upped its target for female pilots after doubling the number of new entrant female pilots following the launch of its Amy Johnson Flying Initiative just over a year ago.

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In the year to the end of September 2015, women made up just 6% of easyJet's new pilot intake and 5% of its total pilot community.

The airline now has 164 female pilots in total, 62 of whom are captains, which is around 14% of the world's total.

EasyJet said the initiative - named after the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia - was "really successful", with more than 600 applicants, making the 12% target easy to achieve in a year.

As a result of the initiative's success, the airline has set itself a more stretching target of ensuring that 20% of new entrant cadet pilots recruited in 2020 are female.

Based on current recruitment plans this would mean that easyJet would be recruiting around 50 female pilots a year.

EasyJet also revealed that it has named an aircraft after Amy Johnson.

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