After 9 years and 11 failed attempts Kugan Tangiisuran, 31 is now able to smile after flying the Airbus A320 to more than 10 destinations around the world with 700 of flight hours under his wing.
The inspirational story of Kugan who joined Air Asia as an office boy and has become a first officer August last year has moved even the CEO and Director of Air Asia Berhad Tan Sri Tony Fernandes to tears. It is a dream he harboured since he was young while watching planes land and takeoff from relatively close range at the Penang International Airport. reported by CJMY
Hailing from Perai in Penang, Kugan had aspired to become a pilot since he was eight. However, it wasn’t going to be an easy ride. After Kugan finished school, he couldn’t study to become a pilot as the courses were too expensive for his middle-class family.
“I ended up studying in the hospitality management field and worked in various hotels in Penang for several years,” Kugan was quoted as saying my FMT.
“Then, one day, a friend who worked with AirAsia told me to join the company. He said it gave opportunities to its staff to move between departments,” said Kugan, following which he applied for a job with the airline and was offered the position of despatch boy.Kugan, who wasn’t put off by the offer, saw the post of an office boy as a stepping stone to his childhood dream to fly and joined AirAsia in 2006.
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In the same year, Kugan passed the exam to become a cadet pilot However, a policy which required Kugan to have served for at least two years at his current department dashed his hopes and he wasn’t allowed to proceed further.
It didn’t deter him. Kugan continued carrying out despatch duties and delivering letters while still keeping alive his dream of becoming a pilot one day. For the next seven years, he kept trying, sitting for exam three more times. Throughout the seven years, even after numerous failures, Kugan never gave up and applied 11 times and sat for 4 qualification examinations.
His perseverance caught the attention of none other than AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes, who personally pushed him to keep trying. Then in 2013, Kugan successfully passed all the required exams and was accepted into Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT). He completed his training at APFT to become a co-pilot in June last year. reported by says
News courtesy : Citizen Journalists Malaysia.
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