Lufthansa celebrates 30 years of women as pilots

Germany based Lufthansa Airline has reported Nicola Lisy (née Lunemann) and Evi Hetzmannseder (née Lausmann) took off as Lufthansa´s first female pilots in August 1988, the company said.

The percentage of female pilots in Lufthansa Group is currently at 6.0 percent.

The company said 15 percent of all prospective pilots in the current training courses of the European Flight Academy, which trains pilots for all Lufthansa Group airlines, are female.

Women have a long tradition in the history of flying. On March 8, 1910, Raymonde de Laroche was the first woman in the world to receive her pilot license from the Aéro-Club de France. In the 1930s, Marga von Etzdorf operated a Junkers A50 named “Kiek in die Welt”, having already flown Junkers F13 commercial airliners for the former Luft Hansa as a co-pilot in 1927. After this, however, another 60 years would pass before a woman sat in a Lufthansa cockpit again.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, commonly known as Lufthansa, is the largest German airline and, when combined with its subsidiaries, also the largest airline in Europe both in terms of fleet size and passengers carried during 2017.