Three Malaysians have become the first female pilots of Malaysia Airlines, which has 927 pilots.
Pearl Wendy Mak, Wang Wen Chien, and Nur Hidayah Mohamad Rasidin have made history as the first female pilots for Malaysia Airlines, and were honored at the MAS Crew Graduation.
Pearl Mak, the airline’s first female captain, said she felt like a solitary effort to “break into this male-dominated profession.”
Captain Pearl Wendy Mak, 50, has been flying for 25 years, with seven foreign airlines before deciding to return home. Second Officer Wang Wen Chien, originally became a pilot in Sydney, Australia and was offered a position with Malaysia Airline., and Nur Hidayah Mohamad Rasidin is the youngest of the three at 21 years old, and grew up in Abu Dhabi, where her father is based.
Malaysia’s low-cost carrier AirAsia has 55 female pilots and a female CEO.
According to CEO, Malaysia Airlines requiring 150 more pilots to current workforce of 2286 cabin crew and 927 pilots in order to stabilise its operations by early 2019.