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India on top in hiring female airline pilots

Updated : September 06, 2018 11:00 AM IST

More Indian women want to become pilots, and more benefits await them: union-mandated equal pay, a safe workplace, day care services and a booming aviation sector.

India has the highest proportion of female commercial pilots in the world at 12 percent, despite the country’s patriarchal society, which typically frowns on women in such jobs.

The percentage of female pilots in India is twice as high as in most Western countries, including the United States and Australia. Globally, less than 5 percent of pilots are women, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.

  Iram Khan, 17, practices on a flight simulator as her instructor looks on at the Bombay Flying Club's College of Aviation in Mumbai, August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Iram Khan, 17, practices on a flight simulator as her instructor looks on at the Bombay Flying Club's College of Aviation in Mumbai, August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Female students attend a class at the Bombay Flying Club's College of Aviation in Mumbai, August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Female students attend a class at the Bombay Flying Club's College of Aviation in Mumbai, August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Shweta Singh, a Jet Airways pilot, poses for a picture inside her house in Gurugram, September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Shweta Singh, a Jet Airways pilot, poses for a picture inside her house in Gurugram, September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Shweta Singh, a Jet Airways pilot, gets ready inside her house in Gurugram, September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Shweta Singh, a Jet Airways pilot, gets ready inside her house in Gurugram, September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Female students attend a class at the Bombay Flying Club's College of Aviation in Mumbai, August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Female students attend a class at the Bombay Flying Club's College of Aviation in Mumbai, August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Published : September 06, 2018 10:56 AM IST
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