Kate McWilliams, one of easyJet’s female pilots, has just passed her command course making her the youngest Commercial Airline Captain.
Kate, just 26 years old, is based at London Gatwick airport where easyJet have over 60 aircraft and operate 106 routes.
Kate then joined CTC on her 19th birthday and began her career in commercial aviation. She joined easyJet in May 2011 as a first officer and began her command course on 25th April 2016 recently passing to take up the rank of Captain.
Only 5% of commercial pilots in the industry are female and last year easyJet announced an initiative to change this by doubling the proportion of female new entrants to 12% over two years. This was implemented to encourage the development of female pilots at all ranks and positions at easyJet and will widen the pipeline of women who enter our pilot community.
easyJet hopes that the Kate’s success and fulfilment of her dream will inspire other women to consider a career as a pilot. In April 2016, easyJet opened 450 recruitment opportunities for new pilot positions, as well as 170 career development opportunities for existing easyJet pilots. easyJet hopes that young women will consider following in Kate’s footsteps and applying to start a pilot career with easyJet.