One American airline company wants you to fly the equitable skies within the next decade.
United Airlines has set a bold goal to increase diversity within its ranks and is aiming to have 50% of its pilots be women and minorities by the year 2030.
“Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people onboard our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color,” the company said.
United says today, 20% of its pilots are women or minorities.
“Today, United has one of the most diverse pilot populations of any U.S. carrier with nearly 20% of our pilot group made up of women and people of color,” the airline said. “We are working toward raising that number even higher by partnering with diversity-led organizations and continuing to remove gender and racial barriers. And we’re going one step further with plans for 50% of United Aviate Academy students being women and people of color to ensure our students reflect the diversity of the customers and communities we serve.”
United and JPMorgan Chase are offering $2.4 million in financial aid to qualified women and minorities who wish to become airline pilots. United expects to hire more than 10,000 pilots over the next decade.