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Saturday March 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by fadzilah najumudeen
Insightful tour: The students posing for a group photograph in front of a Firefly aircraft.
A total of 34 students from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Malacca, were given the opportunity to witness what goes on behind the scenes at Firefly during its Career in Aviation Programme, which was held at the SkyPark Terminal of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.
The half-day interactive session was part of Firefly’s CSR initiative.
It was aimed at educating and promoting aviation-related careers to the second-year Business Manage-ment students.
The programme featured several speakers, including Subang Skypark’s senior vice-president of operations Francis Anthony, Malaysia Airports Berhad’s head of operations Abd Razak Abd Kadir, Firefly’s chief executive officer Ignatius Ong, Firefly’s head of ground operations Lim Kee Seong, Firefly’s in-flight manager Neil Billones and Firefly’s head of flight operations Ahmad Mahadzir Che Muhamed.
Ong said the programme was held to inspire local undergraduates by connecting them with achievers within the company, regardless of gender.
“We want to make them understand that the career prospects within the aviation industry are extensive and go beyond the common misconceptions held by the general public.
“The pilots or flight attendants are the people the public see the most. Therefore, we want to give them a better understanding of the silent heroes who work behind the scenes to make the airline run smoothly and to show them that there are other career options open to them,” he said.
He added that although working in the airline industry might seem very attractive, it was very important for one to have passion and integrity.
“You have be happy with your work and not do it just for the money. This industry is definitely not for the weak-hearted as it is a very challenging industry,” he said.
After the speeches, the students were taken on a complete tour where they got to witness the daily operations of the airline and its business model – the ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft.
For 21-year-old student Nur Athirah Musa, she felt excited that she was given the chance to witness what goes on behind the scenes of the airline industry.
“This was a new experience for me and it was very interesting to see, from an administrative standpoint, how Subang Skypark manages the airport. Although the speakers said the airline industry was challenging, I will consider joining the industry once I finish my studies,” she said.
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