Interviews

Captain Theresa Claiborne Interview

Gordon Smith
June 7th, 2024 at 9:30 AM EDT

Captain Theresa Claiborne at the airport

Captain Theresa Claiborne was the first black female pilot in the United States Air Force and joined United Airlines as its second-ever black female pilot. Last month, she retired from United after 34 years and 10,000s of flight hours.

Capt Claiborne has piloted everything from the KC-135 to the Boeing 787 and has done it all while championing diversity and inclusion. In her first-ever podcast interview she reflects on a genuinely illustrious career, before discussing her vision for the future.

Don’t forget, you can find a full archive of the Airline Weekly Lounge podcast here.

Background Reading:

Big Jets Fall Out of Favor as United Plans Early Retirement for 747s

United Airlines CCO Andrew Nocella at the Skift Aviation Forum 2023

The Hong Kong airport story: then, now and the future


Photo Credit: United Airlines – Marcel Hoy

Gordon Smith
June 7th, 2024 at 9:30 AM EDT

Tags: Interviews

Photo credit: Captain Theresa Claiborne has been with United Airlines for more than three decades. United Airlines - Marcel Hoy / United Airlines - Marcel Hoy

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