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First Officer (Direct Entry)

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

Flying for Cathay Pacific Airways means flying a world-class fleet across regional, long-haul and ultra-long-haul routes across our well-established global network. We operate Airbus and Boeing aircraft offering the opportunity for different flying across the span of your career. Safety and training is at the heart of our Flight Operations and your career and development are supported by our world-class Flight Training Centre. There is a well-established pathway to Command and always the opportunity to develop your skills outside of line flying, with many of our pilots working on flight data, safety groups, training roles and in our management teams.

A career at Cathay Pacific is also supported by good benefits, including generous staff travel across our network for you and your dependants, insurance, a substantial monthly allowance, Children’s Education Allowance, a generous provident fund and the opportunity to earn more via our productivity driven contract.

Come and join us in Hong Kong, Asia’s World City, a city whose rich history and distinctive culture we are proudly a part of.


Apply now to become a Hong Kong-based First Officer if you meet the following requirements:

  • ICAO Airline Transport Pilot Licence(ATPL) or Commercial Pilot Licence(CPL) with a Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) and same state ATPL examinations credits – obtained without exemption or conversion
  • A valid Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • ICAO English Language Proficiency Level 4 or above
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Minimum total flying time of 1500 hours (3000 hours preferred) including:
  1. 500 hours as P1 U/S or
  2. 250 hours as P1 or
  3. 250 hours P1 or P1 U/S, including at least 70 hours as P1

And including A) or B) below

A) Civil aircraft for multi-crew operations with MTOW >45,000 kg

  • 500 hours


B) Civil aircraft certified for multi-crew operations with MTOW >10,000 kg or aircraft certified and configured for more than 19 passengers

  • 500 hours (including at least 250 P1 and/or P1 U/S hours) in the preceding 5 years


  • 100 sectors in the preceding 5 years

The selection process consists of pre-employment medical check including HKCAD Class 1 medical*.  Successful candidates are required to pass pre-employment background check (including criminal records).

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

Personal & Application Information

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