Thomas Cook Airlines Celebrates Women’s Day – New Scholarship for Female Pilots

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 in style, UK carrier Thomas Cook Airlines has operated an all-female crew on one of its flights today, and is also launching a new scholarship for future female pilots.

The Captain, First Officer and seven crew for the flight from Manchester to Gran Canaria at 08:40 this morning were all female, as well as engineers and ground staff from Manchester Airport and NATS air traffic controllers who cleared the A321 aircraft with 212 customers on board for take-off.

Thomas Cook Airlines International Women's Day Aircraft Engineer Beverley Hattonlaur

Thomas Cook Airlines International Women’s Day Aircraft Engineer Beverley Hattonlaur

New Pilot Scholarship

Thomas Cook Airlines has also announced today that it is partnering with FTEJerez to attract more women to piloting. The scholarship will be co-sponsored by Thomas Cook and FTEJerez and is in  of Elise Raymonde de Laroche, a French pilot and the first woman ever to receive a pilot’s licence, 108 years ago on this day, 8 March, 1910.

Thomas Cook Airlines International Womens Day Full Crew L-R Kelly Adrio Susanne Johnston Lindsay Dixon Victoria Starkey Stephanie Ashall Faye Emanuel Victoria Britland

Thomas Cook Airlines International Women’s Day Full Crew L-R Kelly Adrio, Susanne Johnston, Lindsay Dixon, Victoria Starkey, Stephanie Ashall, Faye Emanuel, Victoria Britland

The scholarship is open for female applicants to be trained at FTEJerez as part of the Thomas Cook Airlines Mentored Cadet Pilot Training Programme. Female pilots entering this programme will be eligible to apply for the €30,000 scholarship which will be offset against their training costs at FTEJerez. The scholarship will run every year for the next five years.

Paul Hutchings, UK Managing Director and Group Airline Director of Operations at Thomas Cook Airlines says, “With International Women’s Day today and Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, there was no better time to fly an all-female crew and highlight that our industry is for men and women. We want to raise awareness of the many opportunities to build a career and encourage more women into the aviation industry at all levels.

“We’ve had a positive working relationship with FTEJerez over a number of years. Our scholarship ensures that Thomas Cook Airlines supports and raises awareness among women who may never have considered becoming a pilot, to train and begin what is a very rewarding career path.”

Thomas Cook Airlines International Women's Day Captain Jane Paros and First Officer Berglind Rafnsdsttir-Teasdale

Thomas Cook Airlines International Women’s Day Captain Jane Paros and First Officer Berglind Rafnsdsttir-Teasdale

First Officer Berglind Rafnsdóttir-Teasdale is also a member of the pilot recruiting team at Thomas Cook Airlines and conducts both pilot interviews and simulator training. “I think historically, people have seen pilots as being men. We need more women to challenge norms and keep our industry moving forward,” she said. “It’s not just pilots but engineers and other roles in the industry too. We need to go to schools, talk to girls and young women about the options available to them and show the many career opportunities in aviation and aerospace.”

 

How to apply

If you’re female and looking for a career as an airline pilot, the Thomas Cook Mentored Cadet Pilot Training Programme will open for applications on 16th March 2018.

Further details can be found on the FTEJerez website www.ftejerez.com 

 

Matt

Matt Falcus is a private pilot and aviation writer. He has been flying since 2006, taking the opportunity whenever the British weather allows to explore the local area and other airfields. He is author of a number of aviation books.

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  1. AANCHAL MANDAL says:

    DEAR SIR/MAAM
    I AM A YOUNG 18 YRS OLD INDIAN CITIZEN AND WARD OF A INDIAN COAST GUARD OFFICER PURSUING DGCA COMPLIANT ‘CPL’ GROUND CLASSES IN INDIA SINCE AUG 17. I HAVE CLEARED REGULATIONS AND NAVIGATION. I AM STUDYING METEOROLOGY AND RTR NOW. I AM INTERESTED IN PURSUING CPL AT YOUR ESTEEMED FLYING ACADEMY ‘FTE JEREZ WITH CO-SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIP FROM THOMAS COOK AIRLINES & FTE JEREZ.

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