Our candidate promise
A simple and timely application process
You will receive clear communication between selection stages and a quick outcome.
Clear instructions and expectations
You will know where to go, what the process is and who you will meet.
A truly Cathay Group experience
From the welcome you will receive when you arrive, to the little bit of the Cathay Pacific Group you will take away with you, we want you to feel the experience that sets us apart as an premier airline.
A signature onboarding process
Our successful candidates will go through our signature onboarding process and will be provided with the tools to succeed in the journey with us.
See how we hire:

Explore below to understand our job requirements, how we hire and what it takes to succeed.

Learn about our flight crew roles

Our interview process is designed to test both your technical knowledge and skills, and whether you are a good fit for our airline’s culture. As such, be prepared to talk about your motivations for becoming a pilot and why Cathay Pacific is the airline for you.

All of our pilots are expected to be with us through their command course, and so we look for the skills required of our Captains from day one. Attributes we look for include professionalism, maturity, leadership skills, poise under pressure, compassion for our customers and a focus on safety.

We are committing to you as much as you are committing to us, so getting the match right is essential.


Learn more about our flight crew roles

Pilots

Our interview process is designed to test both your technical knowledge and skills, and whether you are a good fit for our airline’s culture. As such, be prepared to talk about your motivations for becoming a pilot and why Cathay Pacific is the airline for you.

All of our pilots are expected to be with us through their command course, and so we look for the skills required of our Captains from day one. Attributes we look for include professionalism, maturity, leadership skills, poise under pressure, compassion for our customers and a focus on safety.

We are committing to you as much as you are committing to us, so getting the match right is essential.

I wear spectacles, is that okay?

Good vision is necessary to fulfil the duties of a Pilot. Corrective lenses such as spectacles or contact lenses are okay provided they correct your vision to the acceptable vision standards for a Pilot’s licence.

Refractive eye surgery such as LASIK is not recommended by Cathay Pacific Airways as a means to correcting vision for purposes of holding a Pilot’s licence. This is because (as with all medical procedures) there are potential postoperative complications, which may affect your vision standard and therefore deem you medically unfit.


Does Cathay Pacific have female pilots?

Yes, we do. There is no difference between males and females in terms of selection criteria, selection process or training.


How long does it take for the whole recruiting process?

About 4 to 6 months.


Do I need to have studied a science at university to be qualified for the Cadet Pilot Programme?

No, that’s not a requirement. The educational standard is either to have completed Secondary School with good passes in mathematics and science, or a degree in any discipline (science subjects are preferred).


Will I need to have any flying experience before applying for the Cadet Pilot Programme?

No, that’s not a requirement. Many successful Cadet applicants do not have flying experience.


Do you think I should get a PPL / join some aviation course outside?

It is really a personal choice. You do not need actual flight experience, however, an aptitude and a passion for aviation are essential.

Customer service in the air and on the ground

Our flight attendants share the same positive attributes. Every person on our team enjoys meeting people from diverse backgrounds and providing them with a world-class customer service. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds.

Most of our flight attendants are based in Hong Kong. We also recruit flight attendants who are based in Bangkok, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Toronto, and Vancouver from time to time.

Recruitment Process

  • Digital Interview
  • Language Assessments
  • Final Interview
  • Medical Examination including Arm Reach Exercise (208cm arm reach)

FAQs

Can I re-apply if I failed my previous application?

You are welcome to re-apply after 6 months (from the date of your last interview). You are encouraged to build up relevant work experiences to prepare.


I’m not a confident swimmer. Will this affect my application?

This won’t affect your application, but part of the emergency and safety training will require you to conduct wet drills. Rest assured, a life jacket will be provided.


Is this a permanent or contract position?

Successful recruits will be offered a 3-year contract. Upon satisfactory completion of your 3-year contract, you may be offered a continual contract subject to various factors including but not limited to your performance, attendance, operation and resource needs of the company.


Can I resign within the 3-year contract?

Yes, you may resign with advanced notice during the 3-year contract as it is not a bound contract.


Can I transfer between bases?

Base transfer will be subject to available openings and eligibility. As requirements differ between countries, you will need to meet the requirements of the base you wish to transfer to.


I'm a permanent Hong Kong citizen but I can't speak Cantonese. Can I still apply?

To qualify for our Hong Kong-based positions, you must be proficient in English and one of the following Asian languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tagalog or Thai. You must be able to read and write the required language.


How are promotions for Cabin Crew determined at Cathay Pacific?

Requirements on promotion will be based on flying experience and overall performance profile. Cathay Pacific recognises those who have dedicated years of service and those who have demonstrated outstanding performance with the opportunity for career advancement.


I am currently a flight attendant with another airline, does Cathay Pacific recognise my previous experience?

Absolutely, we appreciate your experience as a flight attendant. As a candidate with one year or more of flying experience, you would be able to complete your assessments within the same day, as well as having a faster selection process.

Our Customer Services Officer and Baggage Services Officer at the Hong Kong International Airport and our outports have excellent people skills, are inherently helpful, kind and empathetic.

They are able to anticipate and understand customers’ needs, collaborate efficiently and effectively with each other to ensure they are able to overcome all kinds of challenges and to do it all with patience and professionalism.

Recruitment process

  • Digital or phone interview
  • Aptitude test (Accuracy test)
  • Group Activity
  • Final Interview

Management and Graduate Trainee Programmes

The Swire Management Programme provide our Trainees limitless exposure to various companies and industries within the Swire Pacific Ltd and John Swire and Sons Ltd. The on-job training and the opportunities will accelerate their professional development to leadership positions over a long-term, challenging and diverse career.

Visit the Swire management trainee programme website to find out more.

To qualify for our IT Graduate Trainee Programme, you must be agile, flexible and adaptive. We want your experience and education with us to be thorough, so we try to expose you to as much variety as possible during the programme. Your passion is as important to us as your aptitude for academia, and your communication skills are vital to the cooperative nature of your work.

Recruitment Process

Applications for 2019 Programme - winter and summer intake is now closed.

StagesWinter IntakeSummer Intake
Application deadline25 Nov 201831 Dec 2018
Online assessmentNov - Dec 2018Jan 2019
First InterviewsDec 2018Feb - Mar 2019
Assessment Center & Panel interviewJan 2019Mar 2019
Offer of employmentJan 2019Apr 2019
Programme commenceMar 2019Aug 2019


FAQs

Do I need an IT degree?

You need to have a Major or Minor in technology-related disciplines, which can include (but is not limited to):

  • Information Systems
  • Computer/Software/Electronic/Industrial Engineering or similar
  • Computer Sciences
  • Any discipline that demonstrates your interest and exposure to technology and where your skills can be applied to relevant IT streams such as application development, mobile and web development, data warehousing, networking, database, enterprise infrastructure design and build, unified communications, business analysis, and technical project management.


I am studying overseas at the moment, can I apply?

Yes, as long as you have the right of abode in Hong Kong.


What is the salary and benefits package for the Trainee Programme?

Cathay offers competitive salaries for all trainees, Candidates will be able to obtain information about salaries and benefits during the selection process.


If my application is successful, when will I start work?

The programme will commence in August 2018. You will be notified of the details on the orientation day before the programme commences.

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