Male pilots have always outnumbered female pilots but the numbers are truly staggering if you look at them. There are 3500 pilots that fly for British Airways and over 94% of them are men. That’s only 200 female pilots employed by British Airways and shockingly, this is the most out of any other British Airline. This figure in England is even better than the worldwide numbers as only 4,000 of the total 130,000 commercial pilots female (that’s about 3%).
A pilot in England is flying around the world solo in an attempt to get more women interested in flying and ultimately becoming pilots. Women do work in the airline industry but only a small fraction of them are pilots and there are very few female captains. Carol Vorderman hopes her trip will bring influence more women to take up flying (and they should!).