RB CEO, Karam Chand (7th R) in a group photo with the new cadets and their families during the RB Cadet Pilot Intake 53 Signing Ceremony at Collaboration Hub, RB Campus. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Four Cadet Pilots signed with Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) earlier today at the Collaboration Hub of RB Campus, as part of the Cadet Pilot Programme Intake 53.

Hairul Azhiim Awang Abidin, Siti Nursufizah Mohammad Suffian, Ak Muhammad Munir Nabil Hazim Pg Hj Momin and Yong Chingyi were selected out of 48 shortlisted participants.

Signing on behalf of the national carrier were RB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Karam Chand, Chief Operating Officer Captain Saiful Bahrin Awang Bahar and Chief People and Performance Officer Richard Rendell.

RB CEO, Karam Chand (L) delivering his remarks during the RB Cadet Pilot Intake 53 Signing Ceremony at Collaboration Hub, RB Campus. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

In his welcoming remarks, Chand congratulated the successful applicants who underwent stringent assessment and selection process.

“Today is the beginning of a great new chapter of your life. We trust you will develop an incredible and exciting career with RB.”

“Be proud of yourself as you become part of the national carrier and help RB connect our skies with all the destinations you will be flying to in the future,” he said.

RB CEO, Karam Chand (C) in a group photo with the new cadets during the RB Cadet Pilot Intake 53 Signing Ceremony at Collaboration Hub, RB Campus. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The CEO further encouraged the cadets to take responsibility with great pride, dedication and honour.

“Let us work together to achieve even greater things for our National Airline,” he said, adding that the programme first ran in 1975.

This qualified RB to train and produce local pilots while simultaneously filling in three-quarters of their requirements to fly the host of destinations the airline currently operates to.

“At present, the airline has a total of 105 pilots,” said Chand, where 73 per cent are locals comprising of 39 Captains, 53 Senior First Officers, 12 First Officers with eight cadets currently in training.

(From L-R) RB COO Captain Saiful Bahrin, CEO Karam Chand and Chief People and Performance Officer Richard Rendell after the signing ceremony with
Siti Nursufizah and her father Mohammad Suffian. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

He further congratulated the only female cadet of Intake 53, Siti Nursufiza, for applying in the programme.

“I hope you will become an inspiration for others in the country to seize opportunities in fields that are male-dominated.”

Speaking to local media, Siti Nursufizah expressed her excitement of being selected to be part of the programme.

“Firstly, it’s a great opportunity particularly as a female working in a male-dominated industry. It’s also been a dream of mine and I’m glad it’s coming true.”

New RB Cadet, Siti Nursufizah in an interview during the RB Cadet Pilot Intake 53 Signing Ceremony at Collaboration Hub, RB Campus. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The 19-year-old applied for the position upon finding out about the programme during a career fair last year, as she graduated from the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains).

“I applied with my O levels and after going through training, tests and exams, I finally made it to the top four and will do my best.”

Siti Nursufizah looks forward to flying the most as she loves travelling and aspires to navigate passengers to amazing destinations.

New RB Cadet, Yong Chingyi in an interview during the RB Cadet Pilot Intake 53 Signing Ceremony at Collaboration Hub, RB Campus. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Meanwhile, fellow cadet pilot, Yong Chingyi hopes the course will run smoothly and lead to a fulfilling career.

“I’m grateful, happy and very excited to learn more. I’m sure it’s challenging but at the same time, I find it enjoyable.”

The 24-year-old has also dreamt of being a pilot and plans to do his best during the whole programme.

“This career path always seemed like a dream that is unachievable but it is actually happening and I feel pretty lucky,” he added.

The cadet pilots will start their training on March 16 with RB training partner, L3 Harris Commercial Aviation in New Zealand and United Kingdom and are expected to complete by September 2021.

(From L-R) RB COO Captain Saiful Bahrin, CEO Karam Chand and Chief People and Performance Officer Richard Rendell after the signing ceremony with
Yong Chingyi and his mother Ang Lee Kiaw. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

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