A poster about the Cadet Pilot Training Programme on display at the Collaboration Hub of RB Campus. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) held a signing ceremony for four selected candidates of the Cadet Pilot Programme Intake 52.

The signing in of Arif Rafie Amir Hamzah, Tan Chien Loong, Muhammad ‘Izzat Hj Md Yunos and Muhammad Haziq Imran Awang Muhammad Amiruddin took place at the Collaboration Hub of RB Campus.

Signing on behalf of the national carrier were RB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Karam Chand, Chief Operations Officer Captain Saiful Bahrin Awang Bahar and Acting Chief People and Performance Officer Zama’iah Hj Nayan.

In his welcoming remarks, Karam Chand said the four cadet pilots were selected based on their high performance and potential during the assessment period, out of 48 shortlisted applicants.

CEO of RB Karam Chand (C), Chief Operations Officer Captain Saiful Bahrin Awang Bahar (5th R), Acting Chief People and Performance Zama’iah Hj Nayan (5th L) in a group photo with the newly signed cadet pilots during the Cadet Pilot Signing Ceremony Intake 52 held at Collaboration Hub, RB Campus. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“We will have very high standards expected from (them). It is what sets RB pilots apart as we place the safety and security of our guests and airline (as) our utmost priority,” he said.

He added: “You will need passion and determination to develop into a confident pilot with the appropriate skillset and know-how.”

Chand said the programme first ran in 1975 qualifying the airlines to train and produce local pilots while simultaneously filling in three-quarters of their requirements to fly the host of destinations RB presently operates to.

“We currently have a total of 105 local pilots and over 10 cadets are currently undergoing the programme,” he said.

CEO of RB Karam Chand delivering his remarks during the Cadet Pilot Signing Ceremony Intake 52 held at Collaboration Hub, RB Campus. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

In a press statement, it said that out of 105 pilots, 38 are Captains, 53 are Senior First Officers and 14 are First Officers.

One of the cadets, Tan Chien Loong, expressed his excitement to be selected to take part in the programme.

“I’ve been trying to get into the programme several times. I applied since I was 18 but due to a few obstacles in the way, I had to postpone it,” said the 24-year-old.

“After seven to eight years, I finally tried again and managed to get in. During that period, I continued my studies and worked with a local telco company,” he added.

Tan Chien Loong, one of the cadet pilots, seen signing the contract before CEO of RB Karam Chand, Chief Operations Officer Captain Saiful Bahrin Awang Bahar and Acting Chief People and Performance Zama’iah Hj Nayan. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Tan also said that looks forward to learning more about the technical aspects particularly flying an aircraft.

“I’m excited about flying the A320 and of course the lessons I’ll be gaining along the way.”

Sharing the same sentiment was Arif Rafie, who was successfully chosen on his first try.

“The reason why I want to become a pilot is undertaking the responsibility of carrying passengers safely and flying them from one point to another while at the same time, contributing to the national airline,” he said.

“It’ll be a very intense and emotional journey but I’m looking forward to fundamentally making my parents proud and passing the flight training with flying colours,” added the 19-year-old.

Arif Rafie Amir Hamzah, one of the cadet pilots, seen signing the contract before CEO of RB Karam Chand, Chief Operations Officer Captain Saiful Bahrin Awang Bahar and Acting Chief People and Performance Zama’iah Hj Nayan. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman


The cadet pilots will undergo the programme for 14 months in New Zealand and three months in the United Kingdom.

Training will commence on November 25 with RB’s training partner L3 Harris Commercial Aviation in New Zealand and the UK and is expected to complete by April 2021.

“Please take on this responsibility with great pride, dedication and honour, and let us work together to achieve even greater things for our National Airline,” said Chand to the selected four.

A miniature of RB’s aircraft. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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