Indonesian airline appoints first female captain

She broke the glass ceiling at an airline where only 2% of pilots are women.

Garuda Indonesia has promoted a female pilot to the rank of captain, a first for the national carrier.

Ida Fiqriah broke the glass ceiling to lead Boeing B737-800 NG planes, a narrow body-style aircraft, after recording 10,585 flight hours.

Garuda Indonesia is hoping that Ida can become the first female pilot captain for wide-body aircraft in the future.

The airline’s operational director Novianto Harupratomo personally pinned the Boeing B737-800 Bar Captain rating emblem on Fiqriah’s uniform in a ceremony in April.

“This moment clearly shows that Garuda Indonesia gives equal opportunities to anyone who shows top work performance in their profession,” he said.

Fiqriah has been with Garuda longer than any of the organisation’s other female pilots, having now flown for the airline for about 18 years.

Of Garuda Indonesia’s 1,380 pilots, only 30 are women.

“We hope the induction of Ida Fiqriah as a pilot captain can motivate all female pilots in this company,” said Novianto. 

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