Women Executives: The Sky's The Limit

Women execs have taken over top jobs at major airlines, helping them shift focus from hardware to customer service

Only a generation ago, a woman who wanted a career in aviation could expect to climb only as high as purser, or head flight attendant on a passenger jet. But last year a woman was named president of the world's most successful airline. Every major U.S. airline has at least one woman in a top executive position. Six of the nation's nine largest carriers have a woman as general counsel--the highest concentration in any major U.S. industry. Women have even taken over such traditionally male posts as chief financial officer and chief of pilots. And their colleagues, male and female, say...

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