1st S’pore Malay Female Commercial Pilot Promoted To Captain, Receives Congratulations Online

Farhain Abu Bakar, Singapore’s First Malay Female Commercial Pilot, Promoted To Captain

Ask a classroom of kids about their ambitions growing up, and chances are pilot will be one of the most popular choices.

After all, there’s a certain charm about taking to the skies and leaving our ‘earthly’ troubles behind.

That was similarly the case for 36-year-old Farhain Abu Bakar, Singapore’s first Malay female commercial pilot, who was recently promoted to Captain.

Her promotion holds extra significance as the aviation sector is usually dominated by males — female pilots apparently account for less than 1% of all pilots among Singapore carriers.

Singapore’s first Malay female commercial pilot promoted to Captain

Last week, one of Ms Farhain’s family members shared a congratulatory message on social media.

Source: Instagram

A picture of the 36-year-old holding a balloon with the message “AYE! AYE! CAPTAIN Farhain!” was attached to the post.

However, the most tell-tale sign of her promotion was the four golden stripes on her epaulettes.

This isn’t the first time Ms Farhain has made headlines due to her achievements in the aviation sector.

In 2016, Ms Farhain was featured on Berita Harian and The Straits Times as the first local Malay female commercial pilot. She was just 29 years old then.

Obtained private pilot licence while she was a Singapore Polytechnic student

Ms Farhain started making headway into the aviation sector way back in her schooling days.

She reportedly got her private pilot licence from the Singapore Youth Flying Club in 2004 while studying at Singapore Polytechnic.

She joined the Singapore Flying College three years later and obtained her commercial pilot licence and instructor certification in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

The Straits Times reported that Ms Farhain had spent 5.5 years as an instructor before joining Scoot.

Despite having spent years in the aviation business, Ms Farhain’s passion for flying still burns strong inside her,

I am amazed to see the beauty of nature … the colour of the sky as it changes when night turns to day … all of it.

Congratulations to Ms Farhain for her recent promotion. We hope her achievement inspires other aspiring pilots to chase after their dreams.

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