Liney Lozano is qualified in a field where women make up only 6% of pilots. She is not just dismantling the gender stereotypes in Cᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀ. The youngest captain of Cᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀ’s Avianca Airlines is a lady who developed a love of flying as a young child.
The young lady claimed that when she made the decision to become a commercial airline pilot, she was only 14 years old. Her family helped her, and by the time she was 22, she had completed the 200 flight school hours necessary to become a pilot. “There is nothing that compares to the sensation of doing it alone. Because you always have a ᴄᴏᴘilot when you start working for an airline, you can only experience it at flight school. As a result, it is just unforgettable, Liney Lozano remarked in her interview.
But in Cᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀ, where gender stereotypes are prevalent and beauty pageants are more widespread than they are anywhere else in the world, becoming a pilot is far from the typical professional route for young females. At the age of 27, Lozano became the youngest pilot captain for Avianca Airlines in November 2015, achieving her goal (youngest female captain as well). Less than 4% of all pilots in Cᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀ are female, according to the Cᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀn Association of Civil Aviators.
According to Lozano, it’s crucial to demonstrate young Cᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀn girls that they are capable of more than only dreaming of winning beauty pageants. She claimed that instead, she inspires them to realize that the sky is the limit.
Since its first registration as SCADTA on 5 December 1919, Avianca S.A. has served as both Cᴏʟᴏᴍʙɪᴀ’s national airline and flag carrier. The second-oldest airline in the world, after KLM, is Avianca. It announced its merger with TACA in 2009, on the occasion of its 90th birthday.
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