The Royal Thai Air Force has welcomed its first five female pilot trainees, including three military officers and two civilians.
Upon completion of the training, they will be enrolled in the air force as pilots for future military operations.
Royal Thai Air Force commander-in-chief air chief marshal Treetod Sonjance praised the trainees and said that both military and civilian pilots must adhere to the same mission standards, demonstrating both physical and mental readiness, especially during combat missions.
Sonjance further added that the addition of female pilots into the air force proves that capabilities between genders are equal.
The new female recruits will undergo a training course, which will start in September, at Wing 6 air force headquarters in Don Muang for 12 months.
In May, the Royal Thai Air Force announced plans to purchase a decommissioned Airbus A340-500 passenger jet from Thai Airways in a $50m deal.
The air force would pay for the aircraft in nine tranches beginning this month and running through to next September, ch-aviation reported.
The Airbus A340-500 jetliner comes with advanced passengers cabins and navigation aids, as well as new capabilities such as the electronic flight bag for pilots.
The aircraft's range of up to 9,000 nautical miles allows it conduct highly efficient ultra-long-haul operations.