Garuda Indonesia names Ida Fiqriah first female pilot to attain captain’s rank

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has inducted Ida Fiqriah as its first female pilot to reach the rank of captain of Boeing B737-800 NG planes, a narrow body-style aircraft, after she successfully recorded 10,585 flight hours.

It is hoped Ida can later also become the first female pilot captain for wide-body aircraft.

Garuda Indonesia operational director Capt. Novianto Harupratomo personally pinned a Boeing B737-800 Bar Captain rating emblem on Ida in a ceremony on Wednesday.

“It’s not by chance that the induction ceremony coincides with Kartini Day, which will be celebrated across the nation on April 21. This moment clearly shows that Garuda Indonesia gives equal opportunities to anyone who shows top work performance in their profession,” said Novianto in a press statement.

He further said that attaining the position of pilot captain was not easy and took a lot of hard work, adding that Capt. Ida Fiqriah’s achievements had made her an Ibu Kartini of the modern era and it was hoped that her career developments would inspire all women in Indonesia.

Ida has also had the longest career at Garuda of any of the company’s female pilots. She has now flown for Garuda for around 18 years. Her career began in 1999 as a first officer or co-pilot. Graduating from aviation school PLP Curug in Tangerang, Banten, in 1999, Ida has piloted various Garuda Indonesia aircraft, starting with the Boeing B737-300/400/500 series and the wide-body Airbus A330-300/200.

Of Garuda Indonesia’s 1,380 pilots, only 30 of them are women. “We hope the induction of Ida Fiqriah as a pilot captain can motivate all female pilots in this company,” said Novianto.

Source – TheJakartaPost


Garuda Indonesia Airlines to buy nine new planes in 2017

Garuda Indonesia Airlines will buy nine new planes through an operating lease scheme this year, Garuda president director Arief Wibowo has said.

Of the nine, five Airbus 320 planes will be added to the fleet of Citilink, a subsidiary company that operates budget planes, he added.

“The planes will be used to further expand Citilink, particularly to fulfill the domestic market,” said Arief as reported by on Monday.

Another plane, a Boeing 737 Max, which is a new Boeing product that will be sent out in the third or fourth quarter of 2017, will be the first plane received by Indonesia, Arief added.

Meanwhile, three other smaller regional air transport (ATR) planes will be operating in eastern Indonesia, particularly in Papau and Maluku, he said.

“They will become feeders [to other Garuda planes] in the east,”  he said, adding that apart from expanding its domestic services, Garuda also planned to expand its international services, particularly to China and countries in the Middle East. (bbn)

Source: TheJakartaPost