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Singapore Airlines hires its first female pilots

A Singapore Airlines passenger jet. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Singapore Airlines has hired its first female pilots, becoming the last Singapore passenger carrier and one of the last major carriers worldwide to do so. The Strait Times of Singapore reported that two women pilots joined last August, but that it will take two to three years to complete their training. If they are successful, they will join Singapore Airlines’ team of roughly 2,000 pilots. That would make women 0.1 percent of the carrier’s pilots, compared to an average of about 5 percent women for airlines worldwide, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. Singapore Airlines, which operates a fleet of over 100 aircraft and is known for the quality of its first- and business-class service, provided no additional comment on the female pilots, or why they had only now begun to hire female aviators.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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