Air France, partner of the “Feminizing airline professions” competition, alongside Air Emploi
Feminizing professions is a fundamental part of gender equality in the workplace. Air France is committed to this issue and this year is once again a partner of the "Feminizing Airline Professions" competition, created by the Air Emploi association. Organized since 2009, this competition aims to raise awareness of careers in the aviation and space industry and encourage young girls to enter the pilot, aeronautical maintenance and aeronautical and space construction sectors.
Within the framework of this competition, Air France Industries opened its doors on 19 January 2021 to a group of seven high school girls and their supervising teacher, from the Henry Wallon school in Aubervilliers. Seven female mentors from Air France’s maintenance division volunteered to talk about their jobs, their training and guide the girls on a visit of a Boeing 777-200. The schoolgirls were able to discover the maintenance operations carried out that day, as well as board the aircraft to see the cabin maintenance operations and discover the cockpit.
To illustrate their visit, the schoolgirls made a poster and a film about the feminization of the aviation sector. Today, their work was rewarded at the awards ceremony held at the Paris Air and Space Museum. The ceremony was also an opportunity for Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France, to talk to the winners and tell them about her career.
A commitment to gender equality spanning more than 20 years
On 1st March 2021, in line with its legal obligations, Air France published its index for professional equality between men and women. The company obtained a score of 89/100, with the minimum score set by the government at 75/100. This result, which reflects the commitment and work of all Air France staff to achieve true professional equality, is an encouragement to continue these efforts.
At Air France, women are pilots, engineers, CEO, mechanics, station managers, ramp managers and hold many other positions still too often associated with men. With 44.9% of women making up the workforce, Air France is a gender-diverse company but there are still disparities between the different sectors and professions. The company is thus pursuing its efforts to promote access for women to all professions, including technical professions, in particular as part of the "Feminizing airline professions" event.
Since 2017, Air France has also been a partner of the "Elles bougent" (Girls on the move) association to promote diversity at the career guidance stage. More than 60 Air France female sponsors are involved, particularly in the fields of aeronautical maintenance, IT and digital technology, to take part in various actions with secondary school girls and students and inspire them for the future.
In addition, as girls' education is the key to giving them the opportunity to choose their professional future, the company is committed through the actions of the Air France Foundation to several associations around the world working to promote the education of girls and young women. The feminization of professions also requires women to have access to the highest levels of responsibility in the company. In order to promote their career progress, the company organizes coaching and support actions. With 36.6% of female managers for ground staff and 25% of women on the Executive Committee, Air France aims to achieve real gender diversity in positions of responsibility, giving priority to skills.