WestJet Says It Pledges To Help Women In Aviation Soar
In support of National Women in Aviation Week and International Women's Day, WestJet released its WestJet Women in Aviation: Committed to Change video, emphasizing the need to increase the number of women who have careers in aviation.
"We are proud to be among those leading the field for the inclusion of women in the flight deck. But, WestJet can do better," says Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, who also voiced the airline's latest video.
"Leaders, including myself, must pledge to listen to the voices of women who work in all areas of aviation, recognize their potential, and support their growth and development. Strong male and female advocates are necessary, and I am dedicated to helping WestJet's women soar."
According to 2020 data from The International Society of Women Airline Pilots, WestJet has the third-highest percentage of female pilots in North America for a global airline, at 7% (the industry average is 5%).
In 2020, WestJet says it will focus on actively reducing the gender gap on its global leadership team and is launching a new Women in Leadership Program designed to facilitate the growth and development of managers.
WS has also partnered with Elevate Aviation to support Elevate's mission to create a shift in the aviation industry and promote gender balance by connecting women with a network of support.
Throughout the week, WestJet will feature women in leadership, aviation and technical operations positions within its organization, culminating with the all-female WestJet flight 1516 (YYC-PHX) and WestJet Encore flight 3163 (YYC-YLW).
These feature pieces will be available across WestJet's channels and online at Westjet.com/womeninaviation.