Award-winning Singapore Airlines recently released a refreshing piece of new information about their updated hiring policy, which will definitely excite all aspiring female pilots: Our beloved national airline now hires female pilots! Is this an indicator that the issue of gender inequality is improving alas?
Singapore Airlines’ recruitment of female pilots is actually considered unsurprising, given how its subsidiary airlines – namely SilkAir and Scoot – have already been employing female pilots. According to International Society of Women Airline Pilots, currently, only approximately five percent of pilots are women. This number needs to rise, indeed.
Asia faces an estimated number of 100 million new visitors on an annual basis, and today, there is an increasing demand for pilots. Although the trigger for hiring female pilots is caused by the need for more pilots, we can only hope that this gender bias will be eradicated overtime.
Singapore Airlines Spokesman Nicholas Ionides said that the full-service international airline will be recruiting whoever is most qualified and that they do not have a specified target with regards to the number of women they intend to hire.
So ladies, what are you waiting for? It’s time to show the men who’s boss.