On 8 March, International Women’s Day, six crews from Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels consisting only of women made their morning flights from the Lufthansa Group hubs to Berlin.
The jets setting off from Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Zurich and Brussels were each flown by two female pilots.
Lufthansa female pilots
“We specifically look out for potential female employees on our application channels and we provide an employee-friendly working environment that means that family and work can be reconciled; this allows us to attract more young women to supposedly typically male professions such as the pilot’s job” says Dr Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Around six percent of pilots at the Lufthansa Group are female and the percentage has been continuously increasing over the past years. Around 80 percent of the cabin staff are female. Lufthansa received a blessing from the Society for the German Language for the new German word “Kapitänin” (female form of “Kapitän” = captain) specifically to refer to the growing number of female pilots.
Around one-quarter of ground operation agents are women. “Here you can make a difference: It is my responsibility that every flight leaves safely, efficiently and on time” says Schultheis. “We are the link between passengers, crew, tower, cleaning, catering and cargo – we talk to everyone. I particularly like the diversity and responsibility that comes with this job. I love doing it. I never want to leave.”
In addition to the supposedly male domains, increasing the percentage of women in management is another goal of the Lufthansa Group. “We are well on our way to achieving this through the introduction of a transparent job posting process and the use of recruitment diversity criteria”, says Volkens.
In 2011, Lufthansa and other major German companies set themselves voluntary targets to increase the number of women in management. By 2020 the aim is to have 30 percent more women compared with 2010.