Iɴᴅɪᴀn pilot Nivedita Bhasin remembers those early days when other crew members would push her into the cockpit so that passengers wouldn’t feel awkward seeing a wOᴍᴀɴ control their plane. In 1989, Nivedita Bhasin became the world’s youngest captain of a commercial airline.
Pioneers like Bhasin assert that Iɴᴅɪᴀn women are motivated for a variety of reasons, including outreach initiatives, enhanced corporate policies, and strong familial support. In addition to companies like Honda Motor Co. offering full scholarships for an 18-month program at an Iɴᴅɪᴀn flying school and supporting their employees to make it more affordable for women, some state governments are offering financial aid for the expensive commercial pilot training.
Some airlines in Iɴᴅɪᴀ are developing plans to keep women in executive roles. The largest passenger airline in Iɴᴅɪᴀ, IndiGo, asserted that it will provide its female staff and pilots the option to continue working safely while pregnant without doing flying jobs. It offers childcare services in addition to the legally required 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. Up until the age of five, female pilots have the option of a flexible contract with two weeks of vacation each month.
Because airline markets in nations like the US are significantly larger and have larger overall personnel of both men and women, the absolute numbers of women pilots still tend to be higher there than in Iɴᴅɪᴀ.
By employing more women, the ongoing pilot and airport staff deficit that is forcing airlines to reduce and cancel flights and putting the aggressive traffic comeback at ʀɪsᴋ can be resolved. Over the next 20 years, the world will require more than 600,000 new pilots, according to Boeing Co.
Given that more flights increase the likelihood of ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛs, some of the statistical discrepancies could be explained by the fact that the US has a larger aviation market than Iɴᴅɪᴀ. Many pilots believe, however, that having a substantial female population is at the very least advantageous to safety.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor Halleran believes that increasing diversity could make flying safer since women frequently adopt a more calculated attitude to ʀɪsᴋ and are consequently less likely to be involved in ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛs than men.
Iɴᴅɪᴀn women who are successful in the airline industry are passing along their knowledge to young girls. As the first wOᴍᴀɴ to lead an Iɴᴅɪᴀn airline when she took over Alliance Air Aviation Ltd. in 2020, Harpreet A. De Singh runs outreach initiatives in schools to promote careers such as those of pilots, technicians, and air traffic controllers.
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