easyJet takes to the air with all-female flight and ground crew operation in celebration of International Women’s Day
08.03.2017

easyJet takes to the air with all-female flight and ground crew operation in celebration of International Women’s Day

easyJet today flew a special flight operated by an all-female crew. EZY8275 left London Gatwick this morning bound for Madrid with a female Captain, First Officer and four female cabin crew. Additionally, a large proportion of the ground staff at London Gatwick Airport responsible for boarding the plane and getting it off the ground were also female.

The flight was captained by Kate McWilliams, 27, the world’s youngest female commercial Captain and co-piloted by first officer Sue Barrett. Cabin Manager Laura Marks was supported by three female cabin crew; Natasha Baker, Charlotte Carr and Nuria Belda Marco.

In October 2015 easyJet launched its Amy Johnson Flying Initiative with the aim of doubling the number of female new entrant pilots to 12% over two years.  The initiative was really successful with over 600 applicants and so easyJet was able to achieve the 12% target in year one. These women have either started to fly with easyJet or are assigned to courses due to start in the coming weeks.

In light of the airline achieving its first target a new target of 20% female new entrant cadet pilots by 2020 has been set.  This means that easyJet will be recruiting around 50 pilots annually which will really start to change the face of the industry. This is a long term strategy, which is hoped will eventually lead to easyJet recruiting, retaining and developing many more female pilots.

For further information please contact Sonia Raipal on sonia.raipal@tvcgroup.com or +4420 7380 8000