Solomon Airlines congratulates pilot Martin Orisi on obtaining the position of Captain in Command.
Solomon Airlines, celebrates Captain Orisi’s career milestone recently. Captain Martin Orisi, originally from East Kwaio in Malaita Province, accomplished a significant career milestone by securing the position of ‘Captain in Command’ on Solomon Airlines’ Twin Otter aircraft type. His achievement was marked on October 5, 2023, with his inaugural flight as the commanding pilot on the Arona to Kirakira route.
Napoleon Padabela, the Acting CEO of Solomon Airlines, expressed admiration for Captain Orisi’s accomplishment, deeming it a remarkable example for young individuals across the Solomon Islands. “We take pride in Captain Orisi’s achievement. He, like many of our local pilots, has demonstrated that through education, self-discipline, and perseverance, aspiring individuals can pursue a career as an airline pilot with our national carrier,” Padabela stated.
Captain Orisi expressed his hope that his journey would inspire more children and young people in the Solomon Islands to consider a career with the airline. He conveyed gratitude to all who supported him in attaining this prestigious position.
Captain Orisi’s journey towards becoming a pilot commenced after completing his primary education at Launana and Guwadingale Primary Schools, followed by secondary education at Aligegeo High School and Su’u National Secondary School (Form 4-7). His aviation training took place at the Pacific Flying School in Namaka, Fiji, after which he joined Solomon Airlines as a Training Pilot in September 2016. Progressing through the ranks, he achieved the status of First Officer before assuming the role of Pilot in Command for the Twin Otter aircraft in January of this year.
Presently, Solomon Airlines employs 25 domestic pilots, including 11 Captains in Command, 10 First Officers, and 4 Trainee Pilots.
The Pacific Flying School, established in 1986, has produced over 200 Commercial Pilots, many of whom occupy positions within regional and international airlines, including Solomon Airlines.
Source: Solomon Airlines