This job vacancy is announced every year to employ new pilots and co-pilots and this year, for the first time ever, women are also invited to apply.
The co-pilots are then expected to pass entrance exams in order to be able to receive the required training, which is expected to last 6-8 months. Applicants who successfully meet all requirements and the rigorous training will be contracted to fly ATR-types as co-pilots.
Dr. Farzaneh Sharafbafi, Iran Air’s first woman CEO, emphasized the need to provide equal opportunities for women and the importance of meritocracy in selecting employees. Iran Air currently has five Director Generals and boasts 1,780 woman employees as well as 4,000 women working in this industry, such as in travel agencies and related companies.
According to Sharafbafi, one of the most important criteria for a country’s development is the role and participation of women, which is a pre-requisite for social development, accelerating economic growth and social justice.
With this latest development, Iran Air is taking a step in the right direction.