Girl Power in the Austrian Airlines Cockpit

How do you become a female pilot at Austrian Airlines? What are the biggest challenges and are there any helpful advices? We will tell you!

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Female pilot at Austrian Airlines: Christina Domweber

She was born in Styria and has been First Officer on the Embraer fleet of Austrian Airlines since 2016. Her passion for flying began at her home base in Fürstenfeld, where she started her training.

Female pilot at Austrian Airlines: Petra Lorenz

She has been flying around the world for many years now. After her pilot selection and the associated training courses, she started her career as a copilot on short-haul flights, where she flew Fokker 70, Boeing 737 and Airbus 320, among others. Afterwards she flew our Boeing 767s for three years on long-haul routes. Today, she is captain and operates our Embraer 195.

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Why did you decide to become a pilot?

Motivation for the job as a female pilot at Austrian Airlines

Christina:

Flying has always fascinated me. I was lucky to be able to fly frequently with my parents. Actually, I would have liked it best if they had left me at the airport and only picked me up again after the holiday, because I was more enthusiastic about this place than about the holiday destinations themselves. In my early 20s, I took a trial flight at the airport in Fürstenfeld by chance and from that moment on it was clear to me: This is my destiny!

Petra:

A friend of my parents often used to take me with him in his plane. The first time I flew with him, I was only six years old. Ten years later, I was on a student exchange in the US. My host father was a former Air Force pilot and had his own aircraft. But of course my parents were also involved in the fact that flying fascinated me. During countless holiday flights I was allowed to peek into the cockpit, which was still allowed at that time.

What do you love most about your job?
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Passion for the job as a female pilot

Petra:

Every flight is a new challenge, never the same. Through the cockpit windows I can see the most beautiful scenery and work with the best colleagues. It still fascinates me today that I can steer an airplane, which weighs several tons, through the air with my two hands.

Christina:

The most beautiful thing about flying is being able to see the world from above, the fascinating technology and the fact that you can see the sun every day, no matter how foggy it is.

What are your tips for other women who also want to become pilots?

Tips for women who want to become a pilot

Christina:

Persistence! The path may not be easy sometimes and there are some challenges, but you can do anything if you work hard enough. Due to my economic education in the commercial academy and also in business studies, I had some catching up to do in the fields of physics and technology, but all of this was manageable and very exciting at the same time. It is also important to be able to accept and implement criticism and inputs. You never stop learning! Don't let the ups and downs in training as well as in selection and application processes unsettle you!

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Is there any particular flight that you will never forget?
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Special moments as female pilot at Austrian Airlines

Petra:

There are several! Entering Dubai as an all-women crew with our Boeing 737 and watching the northern lights dance on a night flight from Toronto to Vienna. Or to experience the vastness of the African continent on the way from Mauritius to Vienna. Or to see the Mont Blanc up close. I am sure that many more of these moments will follow!

How would you describe your job in one sentence?

The job as a female pilot in one sentence

Christina:

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life!".

Thanks to the two of you for your time and we wish you all the best for the future!

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