RB pilot inducted IFOF first female captain for national carrier in Southeast Asia

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One of the Airbus A320neo during RB’s launching ceremony of the Airbus A320neo fleet at hangar 3 of the Brunei International Airport. Image: RIdhwan Kamarulzaman

Analisa Amu

A Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) pilot has been inducted into the International Forest of Friendship (IFOF) for being the first female captain on a national carrier in Southeast Asia.

Captain Sharifah Czarena Suriany Syed Hashim was honoured last Saturday alongside other honourees for their dedicated service, leadership, friendship, and support to help others achieve aviation goals.

The inductees were those who made significant contributions to the development of aviation and those who have established aviation records.

IFOF also planted a tree in Brunei’s honour and to commemorate Captain Czarena’s induction.

Captain Sharifah Czarena Suriany Syed Hashim during the induction ceremony at Atchison, Kansas, USA. Image: Courtesy of RB

RB’s Chief Executive Officer Karam Chand in a statement said that the national carrier is extremely proud of Captain Czarena to receive the honour from the IFOF.

“As RB’s first female captain and in Southeast Asia, she is truly an inspiring role model for young Bruneians to show that they can achieve their dreams with hard work and dedication,” said Chand.

“She is a valuable asset to RB and we look forward to support her further to reach greater heights in her career with RB,” added the CEO.

During the ceremony held at Atchison, Kansas, USA, Captain Czarena delivered the national flag which was carried by children during a parade of flags as part of the ceremonies and placed bedside the Brunei tree called the “Butterfly Magnolia”, a close relative to Brunei’s national flower, the Bunga Simpur.

Captain Czarena expressed her delight after being inducted as Forest Honoree by IFOF.

“With over 1300 honorees who have made an impact on aviation and aerospace in one way or another, to have Brunei become a part of this with our very own tree is a very proud moment indeed,” she added.

The Bruneian