Air Asia India Celebrates ‘The Women In Aviation’
India’s first female commercial pilot took to the skies in 1956, which became a benchmark for women to break away from what contained them and to venture towards a predominantly male-dominated field of aviation. 60 years hence, the Indian aviation industry is the largest employer of female pilots, with a growing 12.4%, as compared to a global average of 5.4%. Creating more than 70 unique jobs for individuals across all walks of life, this industry has truly liberated women to unleash and realize their fullest potential.
Beyond pilots and cabin crew to air traffic controllers, aircraft maintenance engineers, aviation medicine practitioners, aerospace engineers, aviation managers, quality controllers, and several other roles, this industry is empowering women to grow from their roots till the moment that they take flight. These are the women, the visible forces in the Indian aviation landscape that make aircraft take flight, while also orchestrating behind the scenes to ensure that each journey is completed with ease. The industry truly supports the women of today to stand tall and rise on their own.
According to Megha Singhania, Head – Cabin Crew, Air Asia India, “Aviation is a symbiotic industry, bridging and connecting culture and business. Diversity of thought and inclusive culture contributes to the safety and success of the airline industry, especially at Air Asia India. Wearing many hats is often a regular occurrence in a woman’s life. Women pivot, adjust and focus on solutions. Women view work more holistically, as a component of their overall life plan. Women are agile, nurturing, empathetic and value relationships. Women demonstrate passion, enthusiasm and an immense capacity to serve. Communication and emotional intelligence are among a woman’s strongest skills. Many women are trained caretakers and know how to deal with crises with compassion and patience. We at Air Asia India have a culture that empowers women and the male to female ratio in our flight operations department is almost the same. Women in the airline industry who are conventionally seen in roles as cabin crew has divulged to other facets of operations as well. We have women taking up space in other verticals as well and proving their mettle and accomplishing their dreams.”
The women of Air Asia India are forces to be reckoned with. Their grit and determination are unparalleled and it is with their passion and drive that they are accelerating their careers and growing from strength to strength.