A plane flown by women recently transported 120 girls to NASA headquarters as part of the International Girls in Aviation Day, meant to inspire females into going to science and engineering.
According to CNN, the trip was Delta’s fifth-annual WING flight, or “Women Inspiring our Next Generation.”
Delta is making the flight since 2015 as an effort to close the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
According to a press release from the company, Delta made the flight on Oct. 6, although International Girls in Aviation Day was on Friday, the 11th.
The plane flew from Salt Lake City to Houston, where girls ages 12 to 18 toured NASA’s Mission Control Center, the Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston.
According to the airline, only 5 percent of its pilots are female, which the company says is comparable to others in the aviation industry. The company said the WING flights are among efforts to increase the number of female pilots.
The airline noted that this year it achieved 100 percent pay parity for female employees in frontline jobs and was also awarded a “Best Workplace for Women” by Great Place To Work and Fortune for the third consecutive year.
“We know representation matters,” Delta general manager of pilot development Beth Poole said in a press release. “At Delta, we believe you have to see it to be it.”