Garuda Indonesia has recruited three professional basketball players as flight operations staff, the company has confirmed to Marketing Interactive.
In a Instagram post, the company's basketball team welcomed the Indonesian athletes Vamiga Michael, Faisal Julius Ahmad and Dimas Aryo Dewanto to the family.
Joined on 1 October, the trio has reportedly gone through recruitment processes and screening like any of Garuda Indonesia's employees. They were also placed on job training to develop the skills needed for the aviation industry.
The move is Garuda Indonesia's way of empowering and appreciating athletes, said Garuda Indonesia executive director Ari Askhara in a press release. Askhara added that it is also part of the airline's efforts to provide career opportunities for outstanding athletes so they do not have to worry about their future upon retirement. Garuda Indonesia will also be open to hiring other national athletes outside of basketball in the future as long as the candidates meet the airlines' recruitment standards, he said.
Meanwhile, he hopes the trio, who will be joining Garuda Basketball, can strengthen the team's performance in the upcoming BUMN Championship.
Posts by two of the players announcing the news have garnered over 1,000 likes in a day. The three of them were seen wearing customised Garuda Indonesia basketball jerseys in the pictures. Comments have been largely positive. The three athletes were professional basketball athletes in Indonesia national basketball league. Faisal Julisu and Dimas Aryo were in the team of Pelita Jaya EMP Jakarta while Vamiga Michele was part of Satria Muda.
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