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Cadet Pilot Programme

  • FOP - Flight Operations
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
  • Cathay Pacific
Role Introduction

At Cathay Pacific, our Second Officers are our future captains. If you have a passion for flying and the ambition to develop a career in aviation, we want to hear from you.

By joining the Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme you will receive sponsored training to obtain a Commercial Pilot License and become a pilot to operate regional, long haul and ultra-long haul flights. Cadets will undergo ground training with leading institutions in Hong Kong and around the world. Flying training will be conducted at world-renowned flying training organisations in the United States or Australia. Applications to the 55-60 week Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme are open year-round. Grab the opportunity to start your flying career today!

Key Responsibilities

We will prepare you to fly by:

  • Offering comprehensive ground school theory training to ensure you build your skills, knowledge and confidence
  • Providing you with support from world-class instructors who will teach you the theory of flying, systems and the regulations required to succeed as an airline pilot

You will then learn to fly by:

  • Spending time in both single and twin-engined light aircraft
  • Practicing in jet aircraft Simulators and learning Airline Operating Procedures, Large Jet Handling and Multi-Crew Flying

Apply now if you are/have:

  • The right to live and work in Hong Kong or the Chinese Mainland​ (Eligible for IANG / TTPS are also welcomed to apply)
  • Graduated from secondary school with good passes in English language and Mathematics or Science. A university or aviation degree will be an advantage.
  • Physically fit and qualified for a Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) Class 1 Medical Certificate*
  • Able to meet our flight deck reach requirements. Candidates may be asked to complete a static reach test and flight simulator reach assessment
  • Achieve ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) English Language Proficiency level 4 or above
  • Successful pre-employment background check (including criminal records)
  • Aged 18 years or above
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate

*Refer to HKCAD policy for the entire requirement for fitness to fly (HKCAD Aeromedical).  As the position you are applying for is a Safety Sensitive Role, you must also pass a pre-employment drug test. Testing will be completed following the HKCAD Guidance for screening of Psychoactive Substances - Annex B, CAD373 (CAD373)


You will receive more information about joining Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong as a Second Officer upon successful completion of the Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme.

Personal & Application Information

Cathay Pacific is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with our personal data policy and for recruitment purposes only. Candidates not notified within eight weeks may consider their application unsuccessful. All related information will be kept in our file for up to 24 months. A copy of our Personal Information Collection Statement will be provided upon request by contacting our Data Protection Officer.


Apply now