The Jakarta Post
A Garuda Indonesia airplane. (Shutterstock.com/e X p o s e)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced on Wednesday that it had recruited two female pilots from Papua.
According to a statement received by The Jakarta Post, Vanda Astri Korisano and Martha Itaar are part of the first batch of a pilot recruitment program from Papua. Both graduated from Nelson Aviation College in New Zealand and have earned their pilot's license from the Indonesian Civil Aviation Directorate General (DGCA).
Martha Itaar (pictured) is part of the first batch of a Garuda Indonesia pilot recruitment program from Papua. (Garuda Indonesia/File)
Vanda is set to undergo training at the Garuda Indonesia Training Center (GITC) in early August to obtain a Boeing 737-800 NG rating. Meanwhile, Martha will go through a training program at Citilink Indonesia prior to joining the low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia.
Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara said the pilot recruitment program was part of the airline's commitment to offering opportunities to outstanding talent from across the archipelago.
Ari is hopeful that more skilled pilots from Papua would follow in the footsteps of Martha and Vanda.
Additionally, the carrier will also provide opportunities for Indonesians from all backgrounds to join the company as cabin crew or ground staff. (jes/kes)
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