JetBlue Program Aims to Inspire Girls to Pursue Aviation Careers

By Erin Tiernan
Oct 16, 2019 10:30 AM ET
JetBlue mechanic Katia de Souso de Melo shows a group of girls how jet engines work in JetBlue’s hanger at Logan Airport in Boston on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

Originally published by the Boston Herald

It was women wielding the wrenches, fixing the airplane engines and sitting in the captain’s chair in the cockpit of the 190-seat airplane inside JetBlue’s hangar at Logan International Airport on Saturday — a rare sight in an industry dominated by men.

Female pilots, mechanics and fight attendants greeted more than 40 girls ages 6-17 with a first-class glance at what it’s like to be a woman in aviation as part of the airline’s “Fly Like A Girl” campaign.

“We really want to promote STEM and access for girls to become future aviators,” said Ursula Hurley, vice president of the JetBlue Foundation, which aims to introduce underprivileged girls to careers in the aviation industry — particularly those fields where they are significantly underrepresented.

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