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Brussels Airlines Uplifts Women With 52% Of Jobs

Brussels Airlines celebrates International Women’s Day, highlighting that women comprise 52% of its workforce. Additionally, women hold 45% of top management roles and represent 67% of the airline’s Management Board members.

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How Brussels Airlines Prioritizes Gender Equality

Brussels Airlines is committed to being a reliable and welcoming airline, with gender equality as a critical focus. Its workforce is 52% women, surpassing the European industry average of 41%. However, female representation varies widely across departments.

Ground Operations and Cabin Crew departments have the most women at 76% and 72%, respectively, while IT (26%), Cockpit (10%), and Maintenance and Engineering (5%) have significantly fewer. Nevertheless, the airline has a higher percentage of female pilots than the 4% industry average.

“It’s not a coincidence that Brussels Airlines has more women than the industry average. When I started my career 25 years ago, women in the cockpit were still a rare breed. But from the moment I set foot on board our aircraft, I’ve always felt supported and treated equally. I know this company embodies diversity, which helps attracting women and keeping them with us to develop their career.”

– Lauretta Verbist, Captain Airbus A330, Brussels Airlines

“People still perceive working in a hangar as a ‘men’s job’. I hear a lot of women who would love to do a job like mine, but don’t dare to take the jump. Therefore, I believe: if you can see it, you can be it. It’s important to show that we do have women working in our hangar and encourage other women to join us.”

Pascale Slootmans, Cabin Technician, Brussels Airlines

Women At The Lead

Brussels Airlines stands out in gender diversity among Belgium’s top companies. It has a significantly higher percentage of women in management roles (45%) than the average in Bel20 companies (22%). This includes women holding critical positions like the CEO and CFO. The airline attributes its success to its diverse workforce. It fosters diversity through initiatives like the NTWRKX community dedicated to female empowerment.

“NTWRKX is all about creating awareness about stereotype thinking and unconscious bias. We all have these prejudices, and they affect decision making, also in the workplace. ​ So, it’s important to talk about it and show inspiring examples of women who overcome these stereotypes and pave the way. NTWRK X isn’t just about women talking to women; we actively want to reach out to everyone at Brussels Airlines because only together we can create true equality.”

Sarah Han and Susana Fouto, NTWRKX, Brussels Airlines

NTWRKX will organize a workshop about stereotypes and unconscious bias on International Women’s Day with Tamara Makoni, an expert on this topic.

1 Source: Air Transport Action Group, ATAG
​2 Source: ICAO 3 Source: De Standaard

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