All-female Delta flight crew flies 120 female students to NASA

Take notice on your next flight in the United States: While your flight crew might be female based, chances are that your pilots are all male. Only five percent of pilots in the US are female, but Delta is trying to combat that statistic through its WING program, which just took its fifth annual all-female flight this past Saturday. 

As part of the airline's Women Inspiring Our Next Generation (WING) initiative, an all-female flight crew, including female gate agents, ramp agents and flight control, flew 120 female students aged 12 to 18 from Salt Lake City to Houston for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at NASA to meet with female leaders shaking up the male-dominated aviation and engineering industry. The teenagers also got to spend time with Jeanette Epps, NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer, to learn more about her groundbreaking work to help close the gender gap. 

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Since its inauguration in 2015, WINGS has flown over 600 female students as part of its work, introducing them to various STEM opportunities and consequently inspiring the next generation of female leaders. 

“I am inspired by this next generation," explained Captain Kimberly Gibson, who was part of WING's most recent flight, to AOL Finance. "I think that there are more and more girls these days that understand that the world is an open door. I think this is one of the best things Delta can do to put themselves out there, to put our airline out there and to grow the next generation of pilots.”

Delta, which achieved 100 percent pay parity for its frontline employees and has been ranked as one of the "Best Workplaces for Women," is also working with female middle school and high school students through a variety of initiatives with Propel, Solo Flight Academy and Aviation Career Education Academy. 

"We know representation matters. At Delta, we believe you have to see it to be it," said Beth Poole, General Manager Pilot Development, who helped start Delta's WING Flight in 2015. "We're taking ownership to improve gender diversity by exposing girls at a young age and providing a pipeline so that 10 years from now, they will be the pilots in the Delta cockpit inspiring generations of women who follow."

"That is the most rewarding part," she continued. "You see that glimmer in their eye and they know that there is some possibility that they could be doing this and it’s something they probably never thought of in many cases.” 

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Cindy Mackenzie, Air hostess and public face of Qantas.Millions of television viewers know her as the face of the new Qantas. But for Cindy Mackenzie, it was a case of deja vu.Two years ago, the attractive flight attendant made her screen debut in another airline advertising campaign - for her then employer Australian Airlines.Few outside the group would appreciate the significance of her re-appearance in the past few weeks in the first TV ads for the combined Qantas and Australian.It was not, however, lost on the Qantas chairman, Gary Pemberton, and his board. The choice of Cindy has been a deliberate ploy to pep up the morale of her Australian colleagues, still hurting over the $400 million takeover. August 23, 1993. (Photo by Bruce Milton Miller/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Britannia Airways stewardess, Viv Donnelly, at Newcastle Airport. 14/06/1989. (Photo by NCJ Archive/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Ms Susan Nixon - a clerk with All Nippon Airways - speaks Japanese, is an Australian citizen and was knocked back by Qantas for a position as a flight attendant. May 31, 1989. (Photo by Greg White/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Martine, a flight attendant, serving meals on a British Airways Concorde, UK, 31st August 1983. (Photo by M. McKeown/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
TAA Airhostess Sharyn Parkes at her flat in Monterey.Story about how glamorous image of Airhostess's has changes.Sharyn Parkes, has been a TAA flight attendant (domestically they are not called hosties anymore) for about five years, wouldn't change it for anything, is full of praise for the lifestyle it affords and has recommended it to her friends and sisters.She doesn't see it as particularly glamorous, it's rather more like hard work but is certainly worth it: "Now I couldn't imagine getting up at 7.30 each morning, getting the 'bus, then rushing home in peak-hour traffic and doing my shopping on Thursday nights or Saturday morning and going to the beach when everyone else is there." September 29, 1982. (Photo by Gerrit Alan Fokkema/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Chris Mitchell, 21, of North Epping, The first male flight attendant with T.A.A.Bronwyn Wright, Chris Mitchell, Dane Hul, aboard A T.A.A. Aircraft. September 30, 1980. (Photo by Antony Matheus Linsen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
TAA's airhostesses began wearing a new uniform today. The airline's 700 hostesses will be progressively changing over to the new uniforms during the next few months. Their current uniform was introduced nearly six years ago.One the tarmac the girls quickly change into some of the many ***** of the uniform which will be worn aboard aircraft.Left to right: Ann Farmer, Sandy Walsh and Cathy Storic.The girls make a quick change on the tarmac into some of the many combinations of uniform they will be able to wear in flight. September 21, 1976. (Photo by Barry James Gilmour/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
TAA's airhostesses began wearing a new uniform today. The airline's 700 hostesses will be progressively changing over to the new uniforms during to ***** next few months. Their current uniform was introduced nearly six years ago.Left to right: Cathy Storic of Kirribilli, wearing the winter uniform of long coat and boots; Ann Farmer of Bexley, wearing the white summer uniform and Sandy White of Brighton, wearing the navy blue all-seasons uniform. September 21, 1976. (Photo by Barry James Gilmour/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Air Hostess Story - T.A.A. Air Hostess -- L to R: Betty Clarrson of Rosaille Leonie Broun of Willoughby Jane Morgan of Rose Bay Sandra Matheson of Neutral Bay. April 08, 1976. (Photo by Antony Matheus Linsen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Flight Hostesses Modeling the New Aer Lingus Flight Hostesses uniform, 18/03/1975 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images).
22nd March 1973: Two models wearing new stewardess uniforms which have been designed by Mary Quant, at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire. (Photo by Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images)
Left to right: Flight Hostess Cathy Cray, 25 of Los AngelesFlight Hostess Sharron Taylor, 22 of Oakland.Three female members of Pan Ams' Flight Service recruitment department in New York arrived today to commence interviewing 360 Australian girls which have recently applied for Air Hostess positions with Pan Am. July 17, 1972. (Photo by Trevor James Robert Dallen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Qantas Air Hostess Pat Wood. November 02, 1971. (Photo by Trevor James Robert Dallen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
View of passengers and a flight attendant in the cabin of a United Airlines plane during a flight, March 4, 1974. (Photo by Marion S Trikosko/US News and World Report Photo Collection/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
TAA today released its "New Look" -- three colour air hostess uniforms. The aim of the multi colour design is to "freshen and make the airline's image even friendlier.Three air hostesses wearing the new uniforms. (Left to right) Kerry Broughton, of Perty, Rhiannon Jones, Broken Hill and Sherrin Sumner, of Katoomba.New hostess uniforms are part of T.A.A.'s move to project a friendly image of service and efficiency. June 02, 1970. (Photo by Trevor James Robert Dallen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Family picture taken on January 13, 1970 of the aircrew of the first commercial flight of the Boeing 747 from New York to London for Pan American. On September 30, 1968, the first 747 was rolled out of the Everett assembly building before the world's press and representatives of the 26 airlines that had ordered the plane, and first flight took place on February 09, 1969. The Boeing 747, called also "Jumbo Jet", entered service on January 21, 1970, on Pan Am's New York�London route. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pan American (Pan Am) airhostess serving champagne in the first class cabin of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Passengers boarding the aircraft.A Qantas Boeing 707 charted by TAA to fly to New Guinea left today with a Qantas flight crew and TAA hostesses.It will be the only Qantas aircraft to operate today as all other the company's aircraft have been grounded due to the stewards strike. April 4, 1968. (Photo by Trevor James Robert Dallen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Une hôtesse de l'air de la Pan American World Airways, dont l'uniforme -créé par Evan Picone- se compose notamment d'un tablier en coton polyester blanc à poches bleues ou beiges, servant des rafraîchissements aux passagers à l'aide d'un chariot repas lors d'un vol, en 1968. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Les hôtesses de l'air de l'UTA (Union de Transports Aériens) présentent leurs nouveaux uniformes créés par Pierre Cardin : jersey marine pour l'hiver et gabardine beige pour l'été, en France, le 9 mai 1968. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Deux hôtesses-bébés, hôtesses de l'air spécialisées, diplomées de l'école de puériculture, accompagnant les enfants voyageant seuls, en France, le 30 juin 1966. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Air Hostess at Renfrew Airport escorts Celtic players Johnstone, Lennox & Gallagher, who are on their way to Spain to play Barcelona in a Fairs Cup match November 1964. Celtic lost the match 3-1 (Photo by Daily Record/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
The Beatles in Liverpool for the Premier of a Hard Day's Night. Paul McCartney pictured here talking to a Flight Attendant on the journey to Liverpool for the Premier. 10th July 1964. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Deux hôtesses de l'air d'Air France présentent leurs nouveaux uniformes, d'été et d'hiver, créés par le couturier Marc Bohan pour Christian Dior à Paris, France, le 23 mars 1962. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
12th January 1959: Swedish stewardess Birgitta Lindman, who is with the Swedish SAS airline, examines a showgirls costume. (Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
An air stewardess serving food to passengers on board a Qantas Boeing 707 plane at London airport. 7th August 1959. (Photo by Daily Herald/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
14th October 1958: BOAC air hostesses in training are taught in a mock-up of an aircraft cabin at London Airport. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Passengers eating their meals. (Photo by Joseph Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
1958: Two businessmen and three female flight attendants pose on the boarding ramp for the first Irish Airlines flight from Dublin, Ireland to New York City. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1958: A stewardess serving drinks whilst passengers have lunch aboard a BEA Vickers Viking passenger plane. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
A stewardess serves a meal to a couple on an American Airlines flight, mid to late 1950s. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
9th October 1957: BOAC DC-7C airliner crew, left to right, front to back, 1st Stewardess Faith Sisman, Captain Gordon Store incommand, co-pilot Captain E C Miles, 2 Stewardess Velma Brown, pilot First Officer C A Moor, pilot First Office I R Phillips, Navigating Officer G H Brown, Engineering Officer R Smith, Chief Steward H H Craik, 2nd Steward F H Ross and 3rd Steward L J Miller. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
23rd January 1956: The BOAC pilots and aircrew who will fly the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to West Africa in an Argonaut Atalanta. The crew on the left, led by Captain R C Parker, will be on duty from London to Tripoli, while Captain Ballantine and crew, on the righht, will be responsible for the final stage of the flight to Lagos. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MID 1950's: Passengers on a Transocean Air lines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser in the mid 1950's. Transocean Air lines flew between 1946 and 1962 and was a pioneer discount airline. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MID 1950's: An air hostess serves passengers in the observation area of a Transocean Air lines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser in the mid 1950's. Transocean Air lines flew between 1946 and 1962 and was a pioneer discount airline. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
19th October 1953: A model wearing a Kay Bee suit with a hat and gloves unwittingly achieves the look of an airhostess. (Photo by Chaloner Woods/Getty Images)
circa 1955: An airline stewardess smiles as she holds a metal coffee pot while standing in the aisle of an airplane. She wears a uniform with an American Airlines crest. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Brigadier Mary Coulshed, CBE (1904 - 1998, left), Director of the WRAC (Women's Royal Army Corps) leaves Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire for a tour of the Middle East, 5th January 1952. On the right is Air Hostess Patricia Fitzgerald from Rathdowney in Ireland. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Jane Wyman goes over bulletins with American Airlines stewardess Ethel Wells and Ellajane Bishop prior to starting her role in the film 'Three Guys Named Mike', 1951. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
B.E.A. air hostess Susan Cramsie returns to work after being hospitalized in a BEA air crash in Paris, Northolt Airport, 17th November 1950. (Photo by George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
19th January 1950: Trainee air hostess, Claire Swan, during a training session in a BOAC mock aircraft. (Photo by George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Two air hostesses standing near a BOAC Comet, circa 1950. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1950: Two hostesses stand in front of a new monorail service in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images)
7th June 1949: BSAA Star Girl Poppy De Hagerton. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
An American Airlines stewardess prepares a meal for a passenger, mid to late 1940s. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
15th February 1947: Jean Murphy, a trainee air steward, offers a selection of newspapers and magazines to a passenger. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4330 - A Girl Becomes An Air Steward - pub. 1947 (Photo by Merlyn Severn/Picture Post/Getty Images)
A United Airlines stewardess gives a baby a bottle on the airplane while the mother looks on, mid to late 1940s. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
23rd December 1946: Air hostess Patricia Palley attends to passengers in the decorated cabin of a Pan-American air liner over the Atlantic. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
April 1946: Miss B Midgley of Northolt aerodrome stands under the nose of a BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) aircraft. She is one of ten 'air traffic girls' currently taking part in a course at Hurn airport, to learn how to deal professionally with passengers. (Photo by George Konig/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 11: Baby Traveling By Plane In New York On July 1945 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
circa 1945: British and Overseas Airways air stewardess Peggy Keyte brings a tray of coffees to the passengers in her aircraft, during a World War II flight. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images)

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