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Children of employees of All Nippon Airways are dressed as pilots and pursers at Frankfurt airport in Germany on Saturday, to mark the occasion of ANA's inaugural flight on the route with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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A few of these kids aren't 100% Japanese, something I wouldn't have expected. German employees?

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How will their feet reach the aircraft's pedals?

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This is probably the only time I'll ever say something like this on JT... Aaaaaah! They're so darn cute! :D

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Is it me or are there no female pilots? And no male pursers... Not to start a gender equality debate, they are very cute, I just find it frustrating that there still is discrimination between genders.

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Isn't it a sign of growing old when the pilots seem so young?....

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Is it me or are there no female pilots? And no male pursers

Agreed. But this is a Japanese airline they are representing so no surprise there.

Do look incredibly cute though!

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A few of these kids aren't 100% Japanese, something I wouldn't have expected. German employees?

Well it is Frankfurt.

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this is a Japanese airline they are representing so no surprise there.

There are 25 female pilots at ANA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOMqSRGDHq0

There are 8 male CAs at ANA.

http://news18.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/femnewsplus/1157079850/

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Too cute!

pamelot - Har!

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There are 25 female pilots at ANA.

Really? I stand corrected. Except that this represents about 1.3% of ANAs total pilots (roughly 2000). At British airways there are approx. 3200 pilots of which roughly 110 are women (3.4% and with an ongoing active female pilot recruitment drive) and in America in total female commercial pilots are roughly 8200 in number, comprising 6.6% of the total number of commerical pilots.

I wont bother researching the flight attendants. I am sure you get the picture.

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Hope they can handle the turbulence ok

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This has to be the best picture I have ever seen here on JT!! I wanna be a kid again!!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Yikes! These kids have more stripes on their sleeves than me! : O

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Ahhh!! so cute! ^_^

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Hope they can handle the turbulence ok

I was actually thinking the same thing about their passengers!

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few of these kids aren't 100% Japanese, something I wouldn't have expected. German employees?

What difference does it make? ANA like any other international airline hires people from all over the globe. I'd say your comment here is close to being racist at worst and discriminatory at best.

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A few of these kids aren't 100% Japanese, something I wouldn't have expected. German employees?

And why is that? ANA is a multinational carrier with employees from all over the globe.

I suppose you think then that american airlines only employ American's?

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these kids could probably fly a plane as well as a ANA pilot. LOL

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Cute

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hee hee. Call me evil, but I would love to have the entire team march through the departure lounge, right up to the gate, greet the staff at the gate, nod to a few passengers and march right onto the plane - just to see what reaction they get from the passengers! Wonder how many would freak out?!

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so cute! i be happy if they had a day working on my flight but not flying it. lol

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"Really? I stand corrected. Except that this represents about 1.3% of ANAs total pilots (roughly 2000). At British airways there are approx. 3200 pilots of which roughly 110 are women (3.4% and with an ongoing active female pilot recruitment drive) and in America in total female commercial pilots are roughly 8200 in number, comprising 6.6% of the total number of commerical pilots.

I wont bother researching the flight attendants. I am sure you get the picture."

I get the picture alright. 6.6% means that hardly any pilots are female. You may see that figure as part of a positive and continuing push toward equality, but I recommend reading up on how pilots' terms and conditions have changed for the worse in the last couple of decades. If you knew what pilots are actually paid and the difficulty of the job - lack of security, long periods of furlough, impossibility of transferring experience from one airline to the next in terms of pay and grade - you might see why recruiting women is going to be an uphill struggle. Women who entertain any hope of raising a family, at least.

The female first officer in the Colgan Air crash in Buffalo was earning just $23,900 a year by the airline's claim (much lower according to press reports - $16000 was one figure), and living in Washington State, so she had to commute across country to pilot flights out of Newark. People were shocked to find that pilots could be paid so little, but this had actually been the case for years. The irony may well be that women are finally admitted into this exalted profession when it's barely worth having any more. It's already a common opinion among airline pilots that you don't do it for the money, you do it because you're in love with flying.

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Isn't this JAL staff? With all the cutbacks it looks like the kind of crew they'd settle for! haha. Kidding. Cute shot, save that I agree with gakuseidesu, though -- the gender discrimination turns any and all cuteness of this shot into manufactured stereotypes that should be fought against. I hope they were at least given the option of being either or. Given that in Japan flight (cabin) attendant is still among the top five job goals for young women because they "want to look cute in the uniform", I doubt the matter is being given any serious thought.

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Back on topic please.

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