“It’s a pleasure to have you on board. I would like to inform you in my career, this is my last flight here.” These were the words of Rizalino “Totoy” Irizari, the 67 year-old pilot whose retirement speech went viral in Facebook last month.
Irizari, who served as a pilot for 48 years, says it is now time for him to spend his remaining years serving the Lord. “You know I missed a lot of Sundays… God bless everyone,” he was quoted saying.
The retired pilot also took to social media to express his faith and gratitude. See his heartfelt message below:
Irizari’s speech, captured on video by passenger Kathrine Tandingan, was taken during a Cebu Pacific flight bound for Mactan. It was amidst the series of delayed flights caused by a runway closure in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Watch it below:
Irizari’s co-pilot, Blue Pingoy – who also took to Facebook to express her appreciation to her captain – says half of Irizari’s years of service was with the Philippine Airforce while the rest was with Cebu Pacific. His retirement day and last operated flight was also reported to coincide a day before his 67th birthday.