All-Female Crews


My age is showing, I guess. Remembering back when…

On a UA flight from Lihue to San Fran, this past Wednesday (UA62, B757, 1-30), I took note that the entire crew (captain, first officer, and all of the flight attendants) were female.

Whole flight was handled perfectly. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

But just wondering, are all-female crews common these days? Likely to be more common in the future? Anything unique with UA, or its mainland-Hawaii routes?


I don’t know how common it is, but as more and more females are hired and the older all male pilots retire the percentage will continue to increase.
It must be around 20 years or so that American had the first all female cockpit crew. One of them was called out while on reserve, the press release said it was just co-incidence that she was assigned to fly with two other females on the 727 flight.



all male crew up front…cockpit

all female crew up front…box office

mixed crew up front…flight deck



Good one Lear! :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:


When was the first woman airline pilot hired?
The first woman airline pilot was Helen Richey hired by Central Airlines, a United States airline, in 1934. She resigned 10 months later when the all-male pilots’ union refused to accept her.

How many women airline pilots are there?
This number is constantly changing. Current estimates are approximate: 4000 women airline pilots worldwide, the majority in the United States. There are about 80,000 airline pilots worldwide.

How many of those women are Captains?
What with growing airlines, downsizing airlines, upstarts, and bankruptcies, we can only speculate that the number is around 450 women airline captains worldwide.

What is the percentage of women airline pilots to the total population
of airline pilots? And which airline has the best percentage?
The percentage of women airline pilots is about 5% worldwide. Aer Lingus has the best percentage of women pilots at this time. This is one of the fastest changing stats though and this may not be the latest stat when you are reading this.

Which airline has the most women pilots?
United Airlines has the most women pilots with 68 Captains, 401 First Officers and 44 Second Officers for a total of 513. The total seniority list is about 8800 pilots.



Thanks for the info.


I happened to notice that over the past 2 months I’ve 5-6 female FOs and 1 captain.


The closest I have ever gotten to an all female crew was the First Officer being the only male.

Although, one time, a male flight attendant I was working with said that he flew with an all male crew - all the flight attendants were straight and the both pilots were gay!


Gives new meaning to the term COCKPIT :blush:


Lear, HAHA!! Perfect!

I have been in the airline industry in one way or another for going on 14 years now (that still sounds weird), and even back in 95 I remember a Great Lakes Beech 1900 all female crew. At Lakes it seemed quite common. I was at Trans States at the time and while I only saw a complete female crew once or twice but we had many great female pilots. Chicago Express also had a lot of all female crews, again very professional crewmembers. Just the other day I was working an Embraer and it too had an all female crew. I would say it’s quite common , especially these days.


I’ve flown with 3 different Female Captains in the past month and a half. The numbers are growing tremendously, but the attitudes haven’t really changed. I get triple takes all the time. :open_mouth:


What’s United flying that they still need Second Officers for??


Maybe a relief pilot for trans-ocean trips…would they be considered second officers?


At my airline most of the females are First Officers. Even if they were once Captains, they drop back to FOs on the 777. Seems they don’t want the responsibility and most of them have had close to zero left seat time before they started with the airline.


The “Triple” is a high seniority aircraft for any airline…They slide back over to the right seat because their seniority won’t hold the left just yet. I’m sure they’re well aware that to bid that “fleet”, sitting right seat for a while is the way it is until attrition opens up some slots to move back over to the left. To say…

they don’t want the responsibility

That’s a rather absurd statement. I know, and have known many female pilots…both airline and corporate. Being a female in a predominantly male vocation is a challenge on its own. They know this and overall work that much harder to prove that they belong. Their ability and desire to undertake responsibility has never been an issue any more than a male in my experience.