The careers of 20 aspiring airline cabin crew trainees are set to take off after they graduated from Omni Airline Cabin Crew Training School.
The Omni school in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga is the only International Air Transport Association (IATA) certified and authorized training school for aspiring airline cabin crew in the country.
Omni Airline Cabin Crew Training School President Steven Virata said the graduates of Batch 17-06 Clark and 17-02 QC underwent an extensive month-long training on safety, evacuation, onboard medical emergencies, grooming, and economy and business class service.
Started in 2014, Virata said the Omni Airline Cabin Crew Training School is the only IATA-certified and authorized training school for airline cabin crew in the country that is recognized by 260 premium airlines worldwide and is the top-performing IATA authorized training center.
“The trainees receive training in preparation for their employment in airlines. Graduation from the school is their stepping stone to a successful aviation career, in keeping with our company’s motto `your passport to your airline career’,” Virata said, citing the success stories of some of our graduates that have been employed in domestic and foreign airlines.
Training school instructors are former flight attendants and airline employees that have experience with several domestic and foreign airlines, including Lilibeth Ramos, Omni Airline Cabin Crew Training School Training Head and a former flight attendant of PAL and Emirates; CJ Reid, former flight purser of Qatar Airways; Mary Hyacinth Zalamea, former flight attendant of PAL and Etihad Airways; Odessa Khoon, former flight attendant of PAL and Emirates; Lisa Cruz and Cheryl Balagtas, former flight attendants of Saudi Arabian Airlines or Saudia; Juan Paulo Gomez, head of Direct Sales and Marketing (BDU); and, Mikhail Josef Siy-Hian, head of On-line Sales and Marketing (BDU).
Leonides Pena, PAL Express Assistant Vice-President and Director of In-flight Services and Training, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the graduation ceremony, urged the graduates not to hurry to and to work for domestic airlines to serve their country.
Pena, who himself started as a cabin crew member for a domestic airline, also gave some pieces of advice to the graduates to find a good mentor, convince themselves that this is the job for them, and to always be a solution.
The graduates were awarded their wings and were assisted by their relatives by pinning the wings on their uniforms during the graduation. Also present during the ceremony were officials of Omni and guests. Students that excelled during the training were also honored. (JOJO C. DUE)