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India soars above global average in hiring female airline pilots

Demand for pilots globally is surging

Reuters  |  New Delhi 

When Shweta Singh wanted to become a pilot in India 20 years ago, she had to first persuade her parents to let her pick an uncommon profession for women, then deal with unwelcoming male colleagues in the cockpit. Today, she says, it would be a much easier career to embrace. 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 ...

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First Published: Wed, September 05 2018. 17:33 IST
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