Who run Brussels Airlines? Women!

52% female employees, women very well represented in leadership positions at Brussels Airlines

Brussels, March 8th 2024 - On International Women’s Day, Brussels Airlines celebrates women throughout the entire company. The airline has 52% female employees. Women are also well represented at the top of the company: 9 out of 20 (45%) top managers are women; this number even increases to 2 out of 3 or 67% in the Management Board.

Brussels Airlines’ mission statement is: “We want to be the most reliable airline, making everyone feel at home”. That’s why gender equality is a core topic for the airline. 52% of the total workforce at Brussels Airlines is female. That is much higher than the 41% industry average in Europe1. Although women are well represented at Brussels Airlines, there is still a big difference between departments.

The Ground Operations department (check-in, gate, lounges, …) has the highest number of female employees (76%), together with the Cabin Crew department (72%). Departments with the lowest representation of women are IT (26%), Cockpit (10%), and Maintenance and Engineering (5%). However, Brussels Airlines has much more female pilots compared to the industry average of only 4%2.

“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 well represented in leadership positions
Management Boards of Bel20 (the Belgian stock market) companies currently only have 22% female top managers3. At Brussels Airlines two out of three Directors are women (the CEO, Dorothea von Boxberg and CFO, Nina Öwerdieck). Overall, 9 out of 20 (or 45%) top managers at the airline are women.

This is no coincidence. The success of the Lufthansa Group depends to a great extent on the varying skills, perspectives, and experiences of its employees. The most efficient and innovative workforce is one that is diverse and knows how to use this diversity competently and constructively.

Brussels Airlines has four Diversity and Inclusion communities. One of which, NTWRKX, is focusing on 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 organises a workshop about stereotypes and unconscious bias on this International Women’s Day, in the presence of Tamara Makoni, an expert in this topic.

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


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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

More information on brusselsairlines.com 

About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

More information on staralliance.com


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