It was about flying the friendly, female skies on a Delta plane recently. A Delta plane which was entirely operated by women recently transported 120 girls to NASA headquarters. The mission was to celebrate International Girls in Aviation Day. This special day seeks to inspire female aviators.
This was not the first such trip for the airline. It was Delta’s fifth-annual WING flight, or “Women Inspiring our Next Generation.” Delta started making the trip back in 2015 in an attempt to close the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
The most recent flight was made on Oct. 6, according to a press release from the company, though International Girls in Aviation Day was Friday. The plane took off from Salt Lake City and landed in Houston, where girls ages 12 to 18 toured NASA’s Mission Control Center, the Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston.
According to the airline company, only 5 percent of its pilots are female, which the company says is comparable to other companies in the aviation industry. Delta said the WING flights are among their concerted efforts to increase the number of female pilots.
The airline noted that this year it achieved 100 percent pay parity for female employees in frontline jobs. Delta Airlines was also awarded a “Best Workplace for Women” by Great Place To Work and Fortune for the third consecutive year.
“We know representation matters,” Delta general manager of pilot development Beth Poole said in a press release.
“At Delta, we believe you have to see it to be it.”
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