SWISS flies to New York with an all-female crew

Zurich Airport, 8 March 2016

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is marking today’s International Women’s Day by operating its flight LX 22 from Geneva to New York with an all-female crew in both the cockpit and the cabin.

When the Airbus A330-300 with flight LX 22 to New York took off from Geneva this morning, it had an unusual team on board: to mark today’s International Women’s Day, the two-member cockpit crew and ten-strong cabin crew consisted solely of female personnel. In marking the occasion in this way, SWISS aims to inspire more women to embark on careers within the company that are still largely a male preserve.

While women make up the majority of SWISS’s maître de cabine and flight attendant corps, they are still in the clear minority on the flight deck, where the present 55 women pilots account for just over 4% of the 1,308-member cockpit crew corps. “The proportion of female pilots is rising, though,” says Head of Human Resources Reto Schmid, “and we’re very pleased about that. SWISS is very keen to support women at work and promote their careers. And we would love to see their numbers grow, especially in our technical fields. We also aim to have more female staff in management positions.”

Women already account for a large proportion of SWISS’s ground staff corps, where 1,640 women work alongside 2,020 men. The company’s management positions are currently occupied by 168 women and 486 men. Males and females are roughly equally represented among the company’s intern and apprentice staff.

International Women’s Day is also being marked at the other companies within the Lufthansa Group. Four further long-haul flights – by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines – are also heading for New York with nearly all-women crews.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s national airline, serving 104 destinations in 48 countries from Zurich and Geneva and carrying more than 16 million passengers a year with its 93-aircraft fleet. The company’s Swiss WorldCargo division provides a comprehensive range of airport-to-airport airfreight services for high-value and care-intensive consignments to some 130 destinations in over 80 countries.As “The Airline of Switzerland”, SWISS embodies the country’s traditional values, and is committed to delivering the highest product and service quality. With its workforce of some 8,250 personnel, SWISS generated total operating income of CHF 5.2 billion in 2014. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline grouping.