Boosting gender balance in aviation industry

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Malaysia Airlines has joined hands with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to champion gender balance and create further career opportunities for women in the aviation industry through the 25by2025 initiative.

25by2025 is a voluntary initiative for all aviation stakeholders to strengthen and improve female representation in the industry by 25 per cent, or up to a minimum of 25 per cent by 2025.

By the year 2025, IATA wishes to increase the number of women in senior positions within the industry, participating in IATA events, panels and conferences and those appointed to IATA’s governance roles up to a minimum of 25 per cent, with an eye on gender-based parity in the long run for the industry.

Malaysia Airlines said 25by2025 will be the aviation industry’s platform to share best practices and monitor industry metrics annually to accelerate the aviation industry’s push to create a gender-balanced workplace.

“As part of Malaysia Airlines’ long-term vision of the future, the airline seeks to use the 25by2025 initiative as an impetus to further create a positive, encouraging and rewarding work experience for all staff.

Malaysian Airlines joins hands with International Air Transport Association to champion gender balance. PHOTO: BERNAMA

“It is committed to increasing representation of women in the workforce in underrepresented roles, such as engineers and pilots,” it said in a statement yesterday.

Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Aviation Group Izham Ismail said Malaysia Airlines and all sister companies under the group celebrate diversity and drive equality in gender, race, religion and age at all times.

“We strongly believe that talented female employees should be given an equal chance to explore new job opportunities and leave their lasting impacts.

“I am hopeful that by committing to these goals, the diversity we create can spur further innovation and growth for the airline and industry at large, making the future for us all that much brighter,” he said.

Meanwhile, IATA Regional Vice-President for Asia Pacific Conrad Clifford said he is delighted to welcome Malaysia Airlines to the 25by2025 initiative.

“By joining 25by2025, Malaysia Airlines is also signalling its commitment to advancing the role of women in the airline industry,” he added.