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I felt proud while sharing this news! India has the maximum Women pilots in the World.

Written by Shivangi Chawla

I feel proud to be an Indian. Indian women have never disappointed us in any field. India tops in a number of women pilots in the world. Amongst all pilots, the percentage of women stands at 15 % in India while globally it is a meager 5 %. Not only pilots, but the Airport Authority of India’s also efficiently women-ed by 507 women Air traffic controllers.

In a recent tweet, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri claimed that India had the most number of female pilots in the world. According to him, Indian airlines employ about 12.4 percent female pilots, which is more than the global average of 5 percent. “Women’s power soars high! 210 women pilots including 103 captains are a part of the Air India family. AAI is efficiently women-ed by 507 women Air Traffic Controllers,” he says in another tweet.

Women pilots are more than twice in number in India as they are in most Western countries, including the United States and Australia. According to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, women account for less than 5% of pilots worldwide. There are 17,726 pilots registered in India, with 2,764 of them being women.

“I am quite proud of the fact that India has one of the highest female pilot percentages in the world. And Indian aviation has embraced it wholeheartedly. Every time we run a flight to the United States or Europe, people at the airport exclaim, “Wow” seeing us. I’m proud to be a part of a company that values talent regardless of gender. Air India has a large number of female pilots, and they are taken aback when they see two female senior captains flying alongside two junior first officers. Being a woman has never made me feel discriminated against. I put in a lot of effort and have received a lot of praise and admiration for it. It’s no surprise that one of our instructors on 777 right now is a senior lady,” says Air India’s Captain Swati Raval. 

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