People may ask ‘Where are the female pilots?’ Well, on International Women’s Day we proudly introduced Seven Sharp to some of ours:
Susan MacLachlan (Pilot Manager, First Officer ATR, Christchurch)
I first flew solo at the age of 17 – it’s a career that excites you to get out of bed in the morning and provides you with a challenge. I am proud my kids know women can do anything. When my son was 3 years old, a friend asked if he would be a pilot when he grows up – his reply was ‘A pilot? That’s a girls job!’.
Christine Ody (Senior Fleet Manager, Captain A320, Auckland)
In terms of females in the flight deck we’re actually not doing too badly at Air New Zealand, but we’d love more women to come and join us!
Hannah Mallard (Second Officer, 787, Auckland)
I think it’s a society issue - I grew up in a household being encouraged to think big, but growing up a lot of my colleagues were told they couldn’t be a pilot because they were a girl. Some people need to see it to believe it so increasing our visibility is part of the solution.
These women are part of WINGS - Women Inspiring the Next Generation – a network of female pilots and engineers, who are passionate about building a better future for women in aviation. WINGS create opportunities to get face to face with potential recruits and create an inclusive, supportive and inspiring culture.
According the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, women make up 5% of airline pilots worldwide. Air NZ is a nudge ahead at 7.4% female pilots and it’s a great time to join us!
If you’re thinking about a career as a pilot, check out careers.airnewzealand.co.nz/pilots for more information!