News 'Father-daughter tandem' commands flight from Manila to Doha

‘Father-daughter tandem’ commands flight from Manila to Doha

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A photo of a father and daughter working together at a flight deck of Philippine Airline has been making the rounds online. 

The flight happened on September 9 from Manila to Doha with A330 Captain Leo Yosalina in command of the flight, assisted by daughter, First Officer Lea Yosalina-Brito. 

The airbus departed at 1:51 pm Manila time and landed almost nine hours later in Doha.

The photo of the father and daughter tandem was re-shared by the Facebook page Aviation Updates Philippines which garnered over 17,000 reactions, 200 comments, and 2,000 shares as of this posting. 

This isn’t the first time that a one-of-a-kind flight has happened. 

The flight last August 21, 2020, from Manila to Beirut had A350 Chief Pilot, Capt. Butch Generoso as the flight commander, assisted by his son, First Officer Jose Iñigo Generoso.

On October 28, 2016, then-B777 Chief Pilot, Capt. James Conner flew the brand new B777 from Seattle to Manila together with a flight deck team which included his son, then-Second Officer Kevin Conner. (Capt. Conner is currently VP of Flight Operations while Kevin is now First Officer.)

Then-Second Officer Jundee Castro flew with his dad, Capt. Oliver Castro on the A340 on a Manila – San Francisco flight in 2001.

In 2016, while flying the A330 from Bangkok to Manila, Capt. Jundee had his Dad as the passenger. Capt. Oliver Castro was flying home from simulator Instructor duties in Bangkok.

Jundee is currently A330/A350 Capt. and Fleet Safety Pilot for Airbus wide-body under the Safety Department. Capt. Oliver was Chief Instructor Pilot of Ground Training under Flight Deck Crew Training.

There are also flights where the whole family is on duty.

On August 12, 2019, Chief Pilot of Flight Training, Capt. Oliver ‘Obie’ Odulio flew the A350 from Manila to London with his son, Second Officer Nicolo Alfonso. Capt. Odulio’s wife, then-FA Jill (now a flight Purser) was part of the flight’s cabin crew roster.

With inputs from Cielo Villaluna

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com.

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