Diversity taking root as aviation companies hire more women
March 14, 2017
Companies in the global aviation industry are continuing to hire more women to positions across the board. This encouraging trend was revealed at the 2017 International Women in Aviation Conference, which was organised by Women in Aviation International (WAI), according to Amy Laboda’s 10 March 2017 news article published at the AINonline website.
One conspicuous trend that industry analysts witnessed during the WAI event is the expanded diversity of the companies that participate in recruitment activities. Laboda quotes Dr Peggy Chabrian, WAI’s President and co-founder, as saying: “Major airlines have been coming to WAI for the past four years and hiring WAI members in significant numbers, but this year, the companies accepting résumés seem to be more diverse.”
The private aviation industry has not been left behind in this development. As Laboda reports, private aviation industry brands such as Desert Jet, NetJets, PlaneSense and Textron participated in the WAI conference and made contact with prospective employees. Laboda quotes a Textron spokeswoman as commenting: “We are welcoming 300 interns this summer into the company in sales, engineering and flight operations, and we are talking to some of them here at the show. It is a great opportunity for us to get in touch with the aviation community as a whole because of the diversity here.”
Young women were some of the biggest beneficiaries of the 2017 International Women in Aviation Conference. The event provided tremendous exposure to women who are seeking career advice and guidance for applying for aviation jobs and other employment opportunities in the corporate world. However, according to Laboda: “Several corporate aircraft operators noted a dearth of interest in corporate cabin crew positions at the show, suggesting that the organisation could do a better job getting the word out that opportunities for networking exist at WAI for flight attendants and flight technicians as well.’