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India has Maximum Number of Women Pilots in the World; Air India Proves It this Women’s Day

“India is the country with a maximum number of women pilots in the world, be it in Air India or Indian Air Force. This is a testimony of the contribution made by women to the aviation sector.” Indeed! India has outperformed most of the developed countries in recruiting women pilot for airlines. Globally, the total number of airline female pilots is 8061, which constitutes a little more than 5% of over 1.5 lakh airline pilots worldwide, as per the 2018 statistics available with the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.

The total number of Indian women pilots for airlines is almost equal to 13% of the total female airline pilots in the world. India has 1092 women pilots, including 385 women captains for commercial airlines, as of the year 2018. The biggest US airlines, including United Airlines with 7.5% female pilots and Delta Airlines with even lower 4.4% female pilots, lag behind the national carrier of India, of which women pilots form 12.4% of its total pilots.

Air India alone, which operates most of the nonstop flights to India from the US, the UK and other parts of the world, has 217 women pilots to operate its fleet. Air India’s Women’s Day celebration is a testimony to the increasing female pilot strength of the country.

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