CAE launches 2022 Women in Flight scholarship with easyJet

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CAE relaunched its Women in Flight scholarship at the Farnborough International Airshow with easyJet Chief Training Captain Mark Farquhar and three past scholarship winners, from left: Bisma Petafi, Alicia Hunt and Cindy Wong

CAE has relaunched its Women in Flight scholarship to encourage young women to pursue a career as a commercial pilot.

At the same time, easyJet pledged its support for Women in Flight as the first airline to sign on for the 2022 programme. easyJet will offer one candidate a job and CAE will fund pilot training for that successful candidate.

“The Women in Flight programme demonstrates to young women that being a pilot is achievable and a wonderful profession,” said CAE’s Nick Leontidis.

“Six women have already benefitted from the Women in Flight programme since it was inaugurated in 2019, and with easyJet’s continued support, the dreams of aspiring female pilots are one step closer to becoming reality.”

easyJet Chief Operating Officer David Morgan, added, “easyJet has long championed greater diversity across our business and the industry and we will continue to focus on challenging gendered stereotypes.

“Having doubled the number of female pilots flying with us in recent years, we are proud to have made progress, but we know there is still work to do. That’s why we are delighted to be part of CAE’s Women in Flight Scholarship once again.

“We’re pleased to see our first Women in Flight recipient, Georgina Thomas-Watson, currently completing her line training with us and look forward to another future easyJet pilot follow in her footsteps in 2022.”

CAE says the Women in Flight programme will build a network of ambassadors, including Women in Flight recipients to share their stories and experiences with other women at events, within their communities, and on social media. The programme will also create and share content about being a pilot that will allow the community to grow and reach girls who will one day fly aircraft.

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Eligible female candidates who meet the requirements of the Destination 225° programme can submit their CAE Women in Flight scholarship application via CAE’s website at

Meet CAE at Pilot Careers Live Madrid on 17 September and at Pilot Careers Live Dublin on 22 October 2022