Four aspiring pilots have embarked on the Royal Brunei Airlines’ (RB) Cadet Pilot Programme, following a signing ceremony at the RB Campus yesterday.
They are Arif Rafie bin Amir Hamzah, Tan Chien Loong, Muhammad ‘Izzat bin Haji Mohd Yunos and Muhammad Haziq Imran bin Muhammad Amiruddin.
The signing marks yet another milestone for RB, which has a local pilot workforce comprising 38 captains, 53 senior first officers and 14 first officers.
Signing on behalf of RB was Chief Executive Officer Karam Chand, Chief Operations Officer Captain Saiful Bahrin bin Bahar, and Acting Chief People and Performance Officer Zamaiah binti Haji Nayan.
Chand told the new cadets, “The sky is the limit for all of you who were selected on your high performance and high potential during the assessment period. We have high expectations from you; it is what sets RB pilot apart, since we place the safety and security of our guests and airline as our utmost priority.”
He added, “You will need the passion and determination to develop into a confident pilot with the appropriate skill sets and know-how. Over the tenure of your training, a training and development team will guide and support you to overcome any challenges you may encounter or require their assistance to ensure the successful completion of your cadetship.”
Tan Chien Loong said in an interview, “This was my third attempt at joining the cadet pilot programme, and I am thrilled to be accepted.”
Arif Rafie told the Weekend Bulletin, “It has always been my dream to travel around the world on a 50-tonne jet. I would like to thank my parents and Royal Brunei Airlines for their confidence in me to pursue this cadet pilot programme.”
Muhammad HaziqImaran said, “The process was tough and caused me sleepless nights, but was worth it in the end. I couldn’t have managed without the help of my parents, siblings and my career teacher from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, whose advice helped me to get through the interview.”
Muhammad Izzat said, “Alhamdulillah, I got accepted on my first attempt. I feel so happy, and it seems like a dream come true. I thank my family and friends, who were really supportive during the selection process.”
The Cadet Pilot Programme will commence on November 25 with RB’s training partner, L3Harris Airline Academy in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It is expected to conclude in April 2021.