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More women pilots would bring breath of fresh Aer to industry.

AER Lingus has launched a bid to recruit more female pilots as a study revealed just one in 10 are women.

It has re-opened its Future Pilot Training scheme but the application rate among women for the past two years was down at around 7%.

The airline appointed Red C to conduct research into why applications among females are so low.

Chief Davina Pratt said: "This survey tells us we need to get out into the schools and colleges to promote flying as a career for women as it simply isn't being actively promoted to them as a career option currently."

The survey of 500 adults showed the role of a pilot was discussed in 19% of male schools and colleges compared to just 8% of female ones.

While 50% of boys are likely to be advised to go into STEM careers compared to 31% of girls.

The survey also showed 19% of people are aware the training scheme is fully funded by the company.

Ms Pratt said: "While it's a great honour to have been the airline's first and only female chief pilot, it would be great to see more women coming into the profession and reaching the same heights."

The Aer Lingus Future Pilot Training Programme takes approximately 18 months to complete. Closing date for applications is July 8.

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Date:Jun 27, 2019
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