Airline analysis: Which ones have the highest proportion of female pilots?

  • Travel platform fromAtoB researched the proportion of women piloting flights across different international airlines
  • Flybe, Luxair, Qantas, and Hawaiian have the highest proportion of female pilots, while the fewest number of women are in the cockpits of Aeroflot and Emirates
  • Global average of female pilots working for all airlines sits at just 5.1%

The aviation industry is growing at a rate of 5 to 10 percent each year. But the number of women entering the profession remains stagnant.

To find out the proportion of women piloting flights, travel platform fromAtoB ( undertook research into some of the world’s biggest airlines.

A modest number

Among European airlines, the British airline Flybe and the Luxembourgish Luxair came at the top, with each having 10% of women piloting their fleets.

11.6% of Australian regional carrier QantasLink’s pilots are women, while the figure is 9.6% for Hawaiian Air.

These figures are almost twice the global average, which, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP), is just 5.1%.

Among the nearly 4200 pilots working for Russian airliner Aeroflot, just 58 are women, or just 1.4%, while the number is not much higher for Emirates, at 2.3%.

About the study

The figures were taken from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP) annual reports. This was then confirmed or corrected by fromAtoB email or telephone correspondence.

The pilot shares of easyJet, Emirates, Flybe, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Aeroflot Russia were only visible in the ALPA report and were not commented on by the company. A large British airline corrected the researched value but asked fromAtoB not to include it in the analysis.

The results of the fromAtoB investigation can be found here.

Berlin, 21st August 2019



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