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.
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.
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.”
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