Faces of Norwegian: Captain Jessica Sundquist Ahlberg


In honor of International Women’s Day, Norwegian is pleased to highlight Captain Jessica Sundquist Ahlberg. All young women look up to Captain Jessica as a wonderful role model and inspiration. All women should take this opportunity to rejoice, particularly Norwegian women.

Despite the fact that there is only 4.5 percent of female commercial pilots in the UK, women have been employed in the aviation sector worldwide since the invention of flight. However, historically, women’s employment in the aviation industry was restricted to non-flying positions like flight attendants, flight simulation training, and air traffic control.

Despite a large increase, there are still far too few women working as pilots, especially considering that it is one of the few professions in the world with true pay equity.

Norwegian’s Swedish 787 Dreamliner captain Jessica Sundquist has given numerous interviews about working as a wOᴍᴀɴ in the field. She has previously discussed the idea that success requires “putting your femininity aside.” According to Sundquist, she felt she “didn’t have to do it,” but she also wanted to blend in with the profession “without being recognized as ‘the chick,'” so she did.

She claims that as circumstances change, more women are entering the field, but it’s not all good news. “The industry still has a lot more work to do to provide women greater chances, despite working hard to get to where I am now as a captain at one of the most cutting-edge and thrilling airlines,” she says.

Airlines might offer more flexibility in order to make it simpler and more appealing for women to serve as pilots. Similar to other sectors, there is a need for a deeper comprehension of the difficulties associated with balancing work and family.

She wants the conversation on gender disparity to be “open and ongoing” in the future, but she also believes that for true change to occur, actual action must also be taken.

Without making any adjustments, we will remain stationary no matter how long we debate about disparities. In my opinion, women ought to be given more authority and sway in the workplace and in society at large. Then and only will the real change take place.

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Video resource: Norwegian Air Shuttle

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