While many wish to write young high-flyer on their CV, for Kate McWilliams it is simply a matter of fact.
Aged just 26, the easyJet pilot is believed to be the youngest in the world to become a commercial airline captain.
On one recent flight, she and her co-pilot had a combined age of just 45.
The recently-promoted McWilliams flew from Gatwick to Malta last week alongside Luke Elsworth, who earlier this year became the UK’s youngest pilot at 19.
With women making up just 5% of commercial pilots, McWilliams, originally from Carlisle, said she gets quizzed about her age by cabin crew and passengers almost every day.
“Personally, I don’t think my age matters. I’ve been through the same training and passed the same command course as every other captain so I’ve proven myself capable regardless of my age,” she said.
She began flying at the age of 13 in the air cadets before embarking on a training programme in Southampton on her 19th birthday.
In May 2011, she joined easyJet as a first officer and recently took up the rank of captain after passing the airline’s command course.
An easyJet spokeswoman said their research showed she was probably the youngest commercial airline captain in the world.