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More women pilots taking to the skies

The engineering graduate worked with the airline as an air stewardess for 6 months first. -RazorTV

Mon, Nov 15, 2010
RazorTV

By Shivali Nayak

When Ong Sook Min was 6-years old, she told her parents she wanted to fly a plane. But her parents told her, "Women don't fly." 29-years later, this woman is flying - and flying high.

The First Officer has been a pilot with low cost carrier AirAsia for 4 and a half years now. However, the road to achieving her childhood dream was full of obstacles.

The engineering graduate worked with the airline as an air stewardess first before an opening for pilots came along 6 months later. The soft-spoken 35-year-old took it up and has never looked back.

At a time where the global shortage of pilots is putting a strain on airlines, women are taking the chance to train as pilots.

However, the gender difference in terms of numbers is still significant. Only 4,000 out of 80,000 pilots worldwide are female, according to estimates by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.

RazorTV met the two women pilots at AirAsia's Kuala Lumpur headquarters and talked to them about the up's and down's of their profession. For more, watch RazorTV.

 

 
 
 
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