Vira Soemakno, Airline Captain, MATSM student 2020-2021 edition
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Vira is another example of a successful student. Airline Captain and student of ITAérea’s Master in Sustainable Air Transport Management MATSM co-delivered with the United Nations.
We had the chance to ask Vira his impressions about the MATSM and the sustainability of the air transport.
As an airline captain, which do you think are the main needs in terms of sustainability of the air transport?
To really understand the impact of our decision making process to ensure the efficient operation of a flight, certainly without disregarding the higher priority of Safety and Legal aspect of that said flight. But at the end of the day, as aircraft commander we are directly responsible to conduct the flight with the most efficient route (direct routing when ATC permits), altitudes (when performance permits) and manage the OTP (On-time performance). These are the day-to-day impact we have to the air transport industry.
How do you think that the Master in Sustainable Air Transport Management MATSM co-delivered by ITAérea and the United Nations is helping to meet these needs?
It gives a better insight beyond the technical scope of flight operations, understanding how resources are managed within the airline and inter-relating to airport operations, maintenance, and aircraft manufacturing industry.
How do you think that the MATSM has helped you in your daily work?
I started the study after I was made redundant in my last position as an Airline Captain. But, I am sure that the knowledge I have acquired through the MSATM program will help me to be a better and capable manager.
What is your opinion about the MATSM?
The 2020-2021 edition of the MATSM was a transition period when our industry was impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic, as such at the beginning of the programs the modules was not yet adjusted to the current actual condition, for example many of the modules were given under the premise of the impending shortage of capacity due to the rapid growth anticipated in 2020. I would hope that the next edition will then focus on the current trends and challenges of the aviation industry Post Pandemic.
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