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User currently offlineJoshdean From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14272 times:

How often (if at all) does this occur, especially with major airlines?

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Beats a nurses uniform IMHO  wink 

Found this one...

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More interested to hear about civil aviation though.

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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7446 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14245 times:

On my last flight AF069, LAX-CDG last Monday Jan.23rd. B772ER.

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14245 times:

Flew First Choice Airways not long ago (A320) and had an all-female crew (front and back). It's not that uncommon.

About 5% of UK ATPL holders are female, but it's increasing. If you look at UK ATPL holders aged 25-35 it's more like 7% female, but over 50 it's only about 1%.

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineB707321C From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14245 times:

It happend to me on a AF flight MAN-CDG last year on a A320. The entire crew was female. Captain, First Officer and all the flight attendents. Very nice flight by the way.

User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14238 times:

All female cockpit and cabin crew is quite common on IC.

An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 819 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14229 times:

hey all,

this is a pretty cool topic/funny (for me anyways). last year i remember working an LGB-JFK flight and i was the only guy working the flight. 2 female pilots and 3 other F/A's. i was in heaven!!! *LOL* even some of the passnegers felt bad for me (jokingly of course) cause of all the estrogen buildup w/ the working crew and then there's me. i told them...no worries...i brought lots of chocolate with me just in case!  duck   rotfl 


User currently offline777klm From China, joined Apr 2005, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14211 times:

KLM has alot of female captains and F/O...
It happens very often that the entire cockpit crew is female!

Next flight: AMS-PEK
User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1659 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14211 times:

Quoting Himmat01 (Reply 4):
All female cockpit and cabin crew is quite common on IC.

They do that very frequently on the DEL-UDR-BOM sector

User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14202 times:


I've already asked something similar to the A.netters... look here


User currently offlineAntoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1648 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14188 times:

Well, definitely not mainline, but while I was working for DGS on the Delta Ramp here in BNA we'd get the occaisional all female crew on Chautauqua coming in from MCO or FLL.

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User currently offlineJoshdean From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14150 times:

Quoting 777 (Reply 8):
I've already asked something similar to the A.netters... look here

Thanks, I know the topic of female flight crew has been discussed to death in the past, just more interested in when you get an all-female crew!  Smile

User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6219 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14143 times:

Probably daily at Alaska. We had a all female crew on our afternoon LAX-PVR-LAX flight.


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User currently offlineMerlinIIIB From Norway, joined Aug 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 14024 times:

All female crew on Wideroe DCH-8-300 from Sandefjord Torp (TRF) to Stavanger (SVG) observed last year. No comments from passengers as Norway had a female majority government and a female PM even in the 1980s....

User currently offlineTurnit56N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 day ago) and read 13899 times:

I read something not too recently that said about 3% of all airline pilots were female. Because the percentage is increasing all the time (flight schools today average about 10% female), you're much more likely to have an all-female flight crew on a regional than a major.

My girlfriend is a senior FO for a US regional, and she says she flies with a female captain about once every other month. They do get comments, but it's usually only about one person per flight that has the guts to say something smart to them in the flight deck.

User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 day ago) and read 13848 times:

My first ever Ryanair flight last November has an all female cockpit, plus cabin crew!

Was super cool  Smile

User currently offlineHBJZA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 day ago) and read 13826 times:

What would be interesting to know is the number of female pilots in different country.

As said before, UK has 5 % women pilots. This is probably true for all occidental countries but what about Middle Eastern countries, Asia, Africa ??

Thanks for the infos if known

User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (9 years 23 hours ago) and read 13800 times:

WS has quite a bid of females in the cockpit, was always a pleasure working
and talking with them.


User currently offlineJetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3026 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (9 years 23 hours ago) and read 13758 times:

October of last year from JFK-ROC on JetBlue, both the Captain and F.O were women. Interestingly enough, they wore the male pilot uniform - black pants, black button down shirt and tie! Nevertheless, they still looked stunning  Wink


Most people on a.net hate JetBlue. Get used to it.
User currently offlineJoshdean From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 23 hours ago) and read 13745 times:

Quoting HBJZA (Reply 15):
what about Middle Eastern countries, Asia, Africa ??

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User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1575 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (9 years 22 hours ago) and read 13608 times:

Had an all female crew on United from MSP-DEN-PHX! I can imagine that here in the US it is quite common for an all female crew!

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User currently offlineIAHcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3480 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (9 years 21 hours ago) and read 13519 times:
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At CO/CoEx, I've seen it a lot on the ERJs, a few times on the 737s, not as of yet (although very possible) on the bigger craft. bigthumbsup 

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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 21 hours ago) and read 13465 times:

ExpressJet. One of the smoothest landings I ever had in any ERJ was an all woman crew...

We knew we had a woman f/o but the captain sneaked in quietly and hadn't spoken on the PA all flight. After we landed very smooth on 24 @ ABE, while waiting for our gate-checked bags, the gentleman who was sitting behind me goes "How did ya like that landing? They must not let that woman land it." Just then the captain pops out and goes "No, this woman landed it instead." That guy felt pretty embarassed after that happened.

It's not a problem, but it seems like they are very hard to understand on the PA from the flight deck, its almost as if that mic/speaker setup is designed for the tone of a male voice. Women are understandable on the F/A mics, but never on the flight deck mics.

User currently offlineAirCanada014 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 1513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 21 hours ago) and read 13437 times:

I talked to one of female pilot for AC and I asked her how many female pilots does AC have and she said about 60 female pilots.

User currently onlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8443 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (9 years 21 hours ago) and read 13437 times:

Heh... you know you're an airliners.net geek when you call a military crew "captain" and "first officer."

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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7391 posts, RR: 82
Reply 24, posted (9 years 21 hours ago) and read 13420 times:
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My uncle's progression through the ranks at AA:

727 F/O (4 yrs)
DC10 F/O (4 yrs, got to fly to HNL outta DFW!)
MD80 Capt. (5 yrs)
727 Capt. (5 yrs)
757 Capt. (4 yrs)
767 Capt. (6 yrs, currently)

I think he said the last time he flew with a woman in the right seat was back on the Madog. (He is a sexist pig though! I bet his F/O on the 763 is a woman!  Smile)

Anyone know the % of women commercial airline pilots today?

25 Post contains images A3204eva : The majority of my EIN flights have a female captain, but the last one I went on had a female f/o (not both at same time) She was quite good looking a
26 Aogdesk : I was priveliged enough to see a female capt. put her f/o in his place......she's really nice (very attractive too)..but he said something that just p
27 Post contains images Pilottj : "when there is an all female crew, they no longer call it a cockpit...it is called a box-office" Seriously, female pilots are just like their male cou
28 Jeffrey1970 : I remember reading an article a few years ago in the USAToday, about a father who is a Captain for Southwest airlines, and his daughter was the First
29 Xpat : Is ugliness a prerequisite for female captains or F/O's?
30 Post contains links and images RyGuy : Last time i was flying on Air Canada YUL-YYZ -Airbus A321- We had an all female flight crew. The F/O was a chick, the Captain was a chick and all the
31 Post contains links BCAL : If it is any help, the following link gives details of male/female pilots in the UK, although it is four years out of date now http://www.caa.co.uk/do
32 SA7700 : We had a female captain and FO on SA207 from ACC-IAD. It was cool to hear a female voice from the cockpit, over the PA system, for a change. Rgds SA77
33 Post contains images BMIFlyer : A very Sexy (female) F/O flew me to ORD last year on a BD A332 Nice to see a chick in control of such heavy metal Lee
34 Post contains images Viscount630 : WHY ON EARTH does this come as such a surprise to so many A.netters, so often, in this day and age? There have been extremely competent, professional
35 Post contains links Aerostar : Interesting news from PIA while we are on the topic: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1389767.cms
36 Post contains links and images ChicagoFlyer : Here in the US, Meryl Getline is a (relatively) famous United pilot. She writes a Q&A column Ask the Captain for the USA Today Travel web site. So she
37 Post contains images Neilking : Yes I admit I'm a fetishist but any more links to pics of girls on the flightdeck?
38 Post contains images PH-TVH : How sexy could it be? No, seriously, I think there should be more female pilots. It`s good for the image of the airline. For example: with Transavia.c
39 AMSGOT : What else's new? . .
40 Positiverate : Did AA not start their pilots as a S/O on the 727? Also, is the 757 a separate category then the 767 at AA?
41 Ken777 : It's been happening for a long time. In the late 80's I flew AA DFW-OKC and that was 100% female - in the front and back. Just before we landed the Ca
42 Post contains links AMSSFO : Apparently, in Pakistan it's not common at all. PIA just had their first all-female flight crew completing a flight. http://www.dawn.com/2006/01/26/t
43 Aogdesk : Simply an observation, simmer down. I have the utmost respect for any lady that works her way up, especially in a male dominated role, but regardless
44 ManchesterMAN : I would think it was less common to have an all male crew than all female - there's usually at least one female FA in the back. So has anyone been on
45 CWAFlyer : No. My father in law retired from AA 3 years ago and flew both the 757 and 767.
46 IAHAAPlatinum : Having and all male crew is certainly more unusual, although I've seen it on occasion. Perhaps even more unusual, in November, 1984, I was on a AA fl
47 GuamVICE : I flew PDX to NRT in September of last year on an A330-200. All female crew--smoothest landing I've ever experienced....there's nothing like the touch
48 Post contains images TaromA380 : Women aren't supposed to stay home, clean the house, cook and raise children? Where is your *male* ego, you travellers? How can you admit the safety o
49 Navigator : Flew with SAS a few months ago ARN - CPH in an MD-80. It was a female captain. No problem and noone was nervous... Female pilots are pretty common now
50 Cancidas : i know of multiple times when one of the carriers we service at our station have had all-female crew on thier flights. crews are not steady there, mea
51 Post contains links ChicagoFlyer : What????? A child at the controls? Are you sure? I read this and I just had a big shiver down my back. You can consider yourself very lucky. I will a
52 Post contains links Bravo45 : Becoming common now. http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060127/481/rwp10101271051 http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060127/481/rwp103012
53 BEG2IAH : I've heard that Capt. Mirjana Ivanovic-Frice will be the first woman to fly an A380 for Emirates. She's been working for Crossair flying Saab 2000. BE
54 Post contains images Bravo45 : That is a HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEE jump. Are you sure?? Or is Saab 2000 not the current a/c she's flying.
55 BEG2IAH : I know, but the source claims that she's in Paris as of now "flying" in simulator. When I heard it 2 years ago I was suspicious, but it's been repeat
56 Nycflyguy : While I was an F/A at a regional, I often flew with an all female crew. Passengers often got a kick out of having two female pilots. We always had a g
57 Post contains links IL96M : Try the 744! Previously discussed in a past thread of mine... RE: 2 Women In The Flight Deck (by IL96M Jun 18 2005 in Civil Aviation)
58 Collyw : Bacin the late '80's an all female crew Capt. F/O; and F/E brought a Continental DC-10 into Melbourne. Good on'em and all female flight crew.
59 Dalb777 : Wasn't the chief pilot for Boeing's 777-200LR test program a woman. I believe she was in command for the record flight from HKG-LHR the long way.
60 Post contains images Comorin : How about a husband and wife in the cockpit ?- I believe NW has one...
61 HPRamper : At PDX a few months back we had an HP A319 with all female crew, front and back.
62 AmericanAirFan : I've seen a Southwest Airlines Pilot in LAX that was a lady very friendly too she gave us a couple waves.
63 Tony Lu : Had a flight like this: AA S80 ORD-YYZ
64 Jumpseatflyer : Is it just me, or are women pilots immediatly more attractive because of their job? I love seeing women pilots, but my problem is that it undermines m
65 Post contains images Captaintim : on a lot of HKG-NRT and HKG-ORD routes.. i've seen multiple Female F/Os and relief pilots.. BUT never a female Capt. yet..... typically the F/O will l
66 StevenUhl777 : She's a fan of A-net, too. She's referred to "us" in several of her columns, mainly with links to pictures related to the topic she's discussing. Not
67 Post contains images Crogalski : we had a female CPT and FO on a turn once, us rampers changed the name from "cockpit" to "cooterpit" for that plane
68 Sfomb67 : Not on Air Iran I bet !
69 Superhub : I was once on a B6 flight with a female Captain and a male FO. The Captain never spoke on the intercom, instead it was all the FO doing it. Not sure w
70 Crogalski : by chance, did the CPT of that flight have dark red hair?
71 Cgnnrw : I've no problem with an all female crew and honestly can't see why anyone would have a problem with it. A few years ago I was on a KLM Cityhopper flig
72 LTU932 : I agree. I mean, what's the big fuss about female pilots. The gender is not important. As long as the flightcrew do their job, I don't care. I hear a
73 MerlinIIIB : In the mid 1970s, I was 7 years old sitting on the lap of the (male) captain turning the heading dial of the autopilot making the aircraft turn. It w
74 Ken777 : Actually the little girl was the lucky one. She was sitting in the First Officer's lap and got to hold onto the yoke, or what ever. Her "flying" was
75 Superhub : For some reason, I had the impression that she had red hair. But I really forgot.
76 Apodino : I wouldn't read too much into that. SOP at many airlines is for the Pilot Not Flying to handle the PA announcements enroute. Its possible this was th
77 Captaink : There have been all female crew (cockpit and cabin) on Air Jamaica, many many times...
78 Trex8 : there was a USAF C130 with an all female crew last fall, from pilots to loadmasters, apparently first time ever for a USAF combat crew.
79 Skyexramper : When will people stop questioning women in the cockpit. Guess you'd better now try to figure out how many women fly private planes either, because it'
80 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : I've been saying that for a while. It's no different that female firefighters. They're so common around here that they don't get a second glance. May
81 Methosasia : Several years ago on a CO flight, there were all females in the cockpit and all males in the cabins!
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