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  • Eser Aksan Erdogan, 31, from Holland is pilot for Turkish airline Pegasus
  • Has travelled to exotic locations such as Tanzania, Saudi and Costa Rica
  • Wants to attract more female pilots to the male-dominated industry 
  • Schedules her time off so she can travel with her pilot husband  

By Siofra Brennan For Mailonline

Published: 03:48 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 03:48 EST, 17 February 2017

A glamorous female pilot has become an Instagram sensation thanks to snaps of her enviable life as she jets around the world. 

Dutch born Eser Aksan Erdogan, 31, who lives in Turkey has been flying around the Middle East and Europe for Pegasus airlines for three years. 

And snaps of her downtime with husband, fellow pilot Volkan, shows her relaxing on a Mediterranean cruise, exploring Jordan and taking in the breathtaking views in Costa Rica. 

Now she's hoping that her example will encourage more female pilots to join the male dominated industry, telling the Mirror: 'You can see all kinds of beautiful things up there, like at night at 41,000ft when there is no moon you can see the Milky Way sometimes.

Dutch born pilot Eser Aksan Erdogan, 31, who lives in Turkey has become an online sensation by sharing her glamorous life of travel with her 22,000 followers  Dutch born pilot Eser Aksan Erdogan, 31, who lives in Turkey has become an online sensation by sharing her glamorous life of travel with her 22,000 followers 

Dutch born pilot Eser Aksan Erdogan, 31, who lives in Turkey has become an online sensation by sharing her glamorous life of travel with her 22,000 followers 

Eser sailing in the blue lagoon in Malta while enjoying her time off from flying Eser sailing in the blue lagoon in Malta while enjoying her time off from flying

Eser sailing in the blue lagoon in Malta while enjoying her time off from flying

Eser and her husband Volkan are currently holidaying in Costa Rica. The couple, who are both pilots, schedule their time off so that they can travel together  Eser and her husband Volkan are currently holidaying in Costa Rica. The couple, who are both pilots, schedule their time off so that they can travel together 

Eser and her husband Volkan are currently holidaying in Costa Rica. The couple, who are both pilots, schedule their time off so that they can travel together 

'In Scandinavia you can see the Aurora Borealis in winter time and when passing near clouds with static energy there is a phenomenon called St. Elmo's fire on your windscreen which is almost hypnotising.'

Former polo player Eser has even landed in Saudi Arabia, a country where women aren't allowed to drive, with an all-female crew.

Eser has travelled to more than 50 countries, including Brazil, The Seychelles, Austraila and Morocco. 

But she warns that the job is not all glitz and glamour and involves a lot of study and weekend work with long shifts up to 16 hours. 

The happy couple snuggle up while sailing around Capri  The happy couple snuggle up while sailing around Capri 

The happy couple snuggle up while sailing around Capri 

The couple enjoying the sunrise on safari in Tanzania  The couple enjoying the sunrise on safari in Tanzania 

The couple enjoying the sunrise on safari in Tanzania 

Eser and Volkan on their wedding day in 2015 on the beach in the Seychelles  Eser and Volkan on their wedding day in 2015 on the beach in the Seychelles 

Eser and Volkan on their wedding day in 2015 on the beach in the Seychelles 

Eser, who flies for Pegasus airlines, says that being a pilot is the best job in the world despite the long shifts and anti social hours  Eser, who flies for Pegasus airlines, says that being a pilot is the best job in the world despite the long shifts and anti social hours 

Eser, who flies for Pegasus airlines, says that being a pilot is the best job in the world despite the long shifts and anti social hours 

Often she wakes up with no idea where she is and is used to seeing the inside of a lot of hotel rooms. 

And she admits that you're likely to lose friends as you'll be away for so many important occasions. 

However, she insists that it's the best job in the world and that the travel opportunities and stunning views from the cockpit make it all worthwhile. 

Eser and her husband exploring the historic sights of Petra in Jordan  Eser and her husband exploring the historic sights of Petra in Jordan 

Eser and her husband exploring the historic sights of Petra in Jordan 

The former polo player has been flying for the past three years and wants to see more women get involved in the industry  The former polo player has been flying for the past three years and wants to see more women get involved in the industry 

The former polo player has been flying for the past three years and wants to see more women get involved in the industry 

Eser paddle boarding on the Riviera Maya on holiday in Mexico just a few days ago  Eser paddle boarding on the Riviera Maya on holiday in Mexico just a few days ago 

Eser paddle boarding on the Riviera Maya on holiday in Mexico just a few days ago 

Admiring the view from the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples, Italy  Admiring the view from the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples, Italy 

Admiring the view from the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples, Italy 

Another upside is that Eser's husband Volkan is also a pilot so they operate to the same schedule and use their time off to go travelling together.

The couple married on the beach in the Seychelles in 2015.  

Currently they are enjoying an adventure holiday in Costa Rica, going zip lining, hiking and horse riding.

Views such as the Toros mountains in Turkey, approaching Adana, are a major perk of the job  Views such as the Toros mountains in Turkey, approaching Adana, are a major perk of the job 

Views such as the Toros mountains in Turkey, approaching Adana, are a major perk of the job 

Strolling along the Playa Paraiso beach during her downtime in Tulum, Mexico  Strolling along the Playa Paraiso beach during her downtime in Tulum, Mexico 

Strolling along the Playa Paraiso beach during her downtime in Tulum, Mexico 

The adventure-loving couple admiring the Wadi Rum wilderness in Jordan  The adventure-loving couple admiring the Wadi Rum wilderness in Jordan 

The adventure-loving couple admiring the Wadi Rum wilderness in Jordan 

Just days earlier they were exploring Mayan ruins and relaxing on the beach in Mexico. 

Now Eser hopes that her example will encourage more women to get into aviation, which is still very much a male dominated industry. 

According to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA) there are only around 4,000 female pilots in the world.

That's just over three per cent of the 130,000 total. 

'From the bottom of my heart I hope more girls would choose this career since it's still a pretty much male-dominated industry,' Eser said. 

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