Published on March 8th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Irish Airlines Celebrate International Women’s Day

Aer Lingus and Cityjet celebrated International Women’s Day today by producing videos to mark the day (see below). Aer Lingus were also offering priority boarding to all women departing on short-haul flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast today.

More than 2,000 of the 4,200 employees in Aer Lingus are female, carrying out roles across all areas of the airline including pilots, cabin crew, engineers, flight dispatchers, check-in and boarding agents, planners, IT, marketing, communications, finance, and logistics specialists.

To highlight the important roles in filled by females in Aer Lingus, transatlantic flight EI105 from Dublin to New York was managed this week by an all-female crew. The company employ many female cabin crew members and have a proven track record of employing female pilots. They were the first airline in Europe to do so, when Grainne Cronin flew her first flight as a qualified Aer Lingus pilot in 1978. Today 10 percent of Aer Lingus pilots are female, which is more than twice the international airline industry average.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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