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Captain Phuong Anh: “I have more pressure than male colleagues”
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Captain Phuong Anh: “I have more pressure than male colleagues”

From manners to actions, Nguyen Phuong Anh notices every detail to build trust with male colleagues so that she can coordinate better when flying.

On Vietnam Women’s Day (October 20), our beautiful captain Nguyen Phuong Anh shares her personal life and hard work in order to reach her dream – Sitting in an airplane cockpit to “conquer” the sky.

What made you become a pilot?

- I’d been a flight attendant for 7 years. Day by day, I dreamt of flying in the sky, and going around the world. Watching male colleagues in “powerful” pilot uniforms, I felt the urge to wear them and sit in the cockpit when passengers look at me with admiration. Then my opportunity came. With no hesitation, I came to the U.S. to make my dream come true.

After years of hard working, Nguyen Phuong Anh makes it happen.

How did you feel in your maiden flight?

- For most of us, the first one is definitely the most memorable one. In the basic course of training, there was a compulsory lesson of take-off and landing three times. It was a difficult lesson, which required concentration, determination and mastery of knowledge.

I was so nervous when my course-mate passed the test. Bad weather also added up to my worries. Nights before my turn, I almost cried but I managed to overcome it. When I sat in the cockpit on my own and completed the course by myself, I was just over the moon. As the plane rolled to the parking lot, I hugged my teacher and cried as a baby.

There is a tradition in which the student who completes this course will be sprayed with water by his/her teacher, but I was so happy that I jumped into the swimming pool.

Taking control of a commercial airplane with hundreds of passengers on board is not only the responsibility but also the pride of each and every pilot. It was the most beautiful and remarkable time when I started this career.

What is the process of training to become a pilot, especially for women?

- For both men or women, it is a highly responsible and challenging job. Personally, I think it is a little bit harder for women to face pressure. I’ve been through sleepless nights, sweat and tears to achieve knowledge and skills. I had to train and strive constantly to enhance my skills as well as to prove myself to male colleagues.

The happy pilot bride in her unique wedding photos taken at the airport.

To become a captain, how hard did you train?

- After graduation, I joined Vietjet Air as First Officer from 2014. Fortunately, there are many opportunities of learning and promoting, especially for pilots. I had never stopped improving my ethics, skills and experience. After 4 years of hard work and the guidance of Vietjet’s teachers, I became a captain.

Being a woman, I still face some pressure which male pilots don’t experience. So, I try to work harder. From manners to actions, I’m very careful when coordinating with my partners so that everything on board planes works well.

Can you tell us about the life of a female pilot?

- The aviation industry is characterized by landing time, not normal time like other jobs. However, it means happiness to me. I got married 3 years ago and my husband is also a captain of Vietjet. We have a 2-year-old boy and he is interested in flying already.

As a woman and wife, I must know how to manage my schedule in order to finish my job and take care of my family. I can cook quite well. In my free time, I try to create parties for family members. When I and my husband are on duty, we often ask grandparents to take care of our boy.

For women, the Lunar New Year is important to connect every member. But with those who work in this industry, we still work non-stop, helping other people reunite with their families.

As a female captain, I do not want any higher favor than my male colleagues. Thanks to the best work environment and family support, I always feel secure to complete the responsibility of a female captain.

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