26-year-old Kate McWilliams from UK has become the  world’s youngest ever commercial airline captain, as per reports in the British media.

“I love being a commercial pilot for easyJet, and I am proud that I have now achieved my ambition of becoming a captain,” she said, as reported by NDTV.

At age four, an air show fascinated Kate McWilliams, from Carlisle, and she was encouraged to take forward this passion. She first  flew a plane at 13 in the air cadets and after that stopping her was impossible. She then started her training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton on her 19th birthday and then joined easyJet as a first officer in May 2011. As captain of Easyjet now, based at London’s Gatwick Airport, she wants to influence girls in flying planes and her message is loud and clear – it is not a job reserved for men. She also recently took charge of captaincy after passing the airline’s command course.

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An easyJet spokeswoman said, McWilliams has been recorded to be the world’s youngest commercial airline captain.


McWilliams is has been in a lot of situations where her cabin crew and passengers asked her age almost every day. “I get asked how old I am on an almost daily basis…Usually, that question comes from the cabin crew but sometimes passengers ask too. When I tell them I’m 26, most people are impressed with my achievement at such a young age,” she said, reported by NDTV.

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McWilliams flies Airbus A319 and A320 planes to around 100 destinations, such as Reykjavik, Tel Aviv and Marrakesh. Hats off to you Kate!

Feature Image Credit: independent.co.uk

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