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Both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon recruit Cadet Pilots and First Officers. Second Officers are employed by Cathay Pacific only.

Start your flying career with us today

At Cathay Pacific, we don’t just train Second Officers, but future captains. If you have a passion for flying and the ambition to develop a career in aviation, we would like to hear from you. By joining Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot programme, you will receive sponsored training to become a pilot to operate regional, long haul and ultra long haul flights. Applications to the 55-week Cadet Pilot Programme are open year-round. Grab the opportunity to start your flying career today!


0
hours flying experience required
55
week programme
Watch: Day in a life as a pilot

Benefits

You will receive these benefits if you are employed as a Second Officer upon successful completion of the Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot programme

HKD 538,000
Target Annual Salary based on achieving Target Annual Block Hours
21 days
Annual leave
Sponsored world-class training in Australia or New Zealand
A competitive remuneration package
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Company contribution to a pension scheme
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%

Apply now if you are:

  • A Hong Kong Permanent resident
  • Graduated from secondary school with good passes in English language, Mathematics or Science; a degree in any discipline will also be considered provided you meet the secondary school criteria.
  • Physically fit and qualified for a Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Able to meet our flight deck reach requirements
  • Achieve ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) English Language Proficiency level 4 or above
  • Aged 18 years or above

We will prepare you to fly by:

  • Offering comprehensive ground school theory training and programmes 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 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 (DA40 and DA42)
  • Practising in jet aircraft Simulators and learning Airline Operating Procedures, Large Jet Handling and Multi-Crew Flying

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

If you are a Hong Kong Permanent resident you may be eligible to apply as a Second Officer with less than 250 hours provided you have an ICAO CPL and MEIR.

Apply now
HKD 538,000
Target Annual Salary based on achieving Target Annual Block Hours
21 days
Annual leave
Sponsored world-class training in Australia or New Zealand
A competitive remuneration package
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Company contribution to a pension scheme
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%
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Key milestones to becoming a pilot

From Cadet to Pilot

Career progression

Career progression

1. Cadet Pilot

2. Second Officer

3. First Officer

4. Captain

The Cadet Pilot selection process

Online application

ICAO English test, computer-based test and technical quiz

Initial panel interview

Group exercise and final interview

Medical examination

FAQs - Cadet Pilot Programme

Good vision is necessary to fulfil the duties of a Pilot. Corrective lenses such as spectacles or contact lenses are acceptable 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 consider you as medically unfit.
Yes, we do. Everyone will be evaluated under the same selection criteria, and treated equally during the selection process or training.
It can take four to six months from the date of your application.

Start your flying career with us today

At Cathay Dragon, we don’t just train cadet pilots, but future captains. If you have a passion for flying and the ambition to develop a career in aviation, we would like to hear from you. By joining our Cadet Pilot programme, you will receive sponsored training to become a pilot. Applications to the Cadet Pilot Programme are open year-round. Grab the opportunity to start your flying career today!


0
hours flying experience required
58
week programme
Watch: Day in a life as a pilot

Benefits

You will receive these benefits if you are employed as a First Officer upon successful completion of the Cathay Dragon Cadet Pilot programme

HKD 825,000
Target Annual Salary based on achieving Target Annual Block Hours
42 days
Annual leave
Sponsored world-class training in Australia or New Zealand
A competitive remuneration package
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Company contribution to a pension scheme
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%

Apply now if you are:

  • A Hong Kong Permanent resident
  • Graduated from secondary school with good passes in English language, Mathematics or Science; a degree in any discipline will also be considered provided you meet the secondary school criteria.
  • Physically fit and qualified for a Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Able to meet our flight deck reach requirements
  • Achieve ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) English Language Proficiency level 4 or above
  • Aged 18 years or above

We will prepare you to fly by:

  • Offering comprehensive ground school theory training and programmes 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 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 (DA40 and DA42)
  • Practising in jet aircraft Simulators and learning Airline Operating Procedures, Large Jet Handling and Multi-Crew Flying

You will receive more information about joining Cathay Dragon in Hong Kong as a First Officer upon successful completion of the Cadet Pilot programme.

Apply now
HKD 825,000
Target Annual Salary based on achieving Target Annual Block Hours
42 days
Annual leave
Sponsored world-class training in Australia or New Zealand
A competitive remuneration package
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Company contribution to a pension scheme
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%
Show more benefits

Career progression

Career progression

1. Cadet Pilot

2. Second Officer

3. First Officer

4. Captain

The Cadet Pilot selection process

Online application

ICAO English test, computer-based test and technical quiz

Initial panel interview

Group exercise and final interview

Medical examination

FAQs - Cadet Pilot Programme

Good vision is necessary to fulfil the duties of a Pilot. Corrective lenses such as spectacles or contact lenses are acceptable 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 Dragon 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 consider you as medically unfit.
Yes, we do. Everyone will be evaluated under the same selection criteria, and treated equally during the selection process or training.
It can take four to six months from the date of your application.
"There’s nothing better than learning from and being a part of the team that makes one of the world’s safest airlines."
Edwin Sham,
Second Officer, Cathay Pacific
250
Minimum hours of flying experience required

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

  • Commercial Pilots Licence
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)
  • Minimum 250* hours of flying experience
  • Valid Class 1 medical certificate
  • ICAO English language proficiency level 4 or above
  • Aged 18 years or above

* If you are a Hong Kong Permanent resident you may be eligible to apply with less than 250 hours provided you have an ICAO CPL and MEIR and meet all other Second Officer requirements.

You will receive world-class training. Second Officers attend either 6 or 8-weeks training in Adelaide, which comprises of Simulator Training, Flight Training and Theory Hours.

Apply now
Total Guaranteed Annual Compensation
HKD 581,608
Total Projected Annual Compensation (based on achieving specific annual block hours)**
HKD 759,800
HKD 376,608
Annual basic salary
HKD 168,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 37,000
Annual provident fund* (10% of Annual basic salary)
HKD 538,000
Projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay
HKD 168,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 53,800
Projected annual provident fund (10% of projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay)
  • *Please note that the employee has the option of choosing between the MPF and the Cathay Provident Fund. The above is based on the employee choosing the Cathay Provident Fund.
  • **Projected hours may vary from time to time

Additional benefits:

Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%
21 days Annual Leave
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your eligible dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Show more benefits
HKD 581,608
Total Guaranteed Annual Compensation
HKD 759,800
Total Projected Annual Compensation (based on achieving specific annual block hours)**
HKD 376,608
Annual basic salary
HKD 168,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 37,000
Annual provident fund* (10% of Annual basic salary)
HKD 538,000
Projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay
HKD 168,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 53,800
Projected annual provident fund (10% of projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay)
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%
21 days Annual Leave
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your eligible dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers

The Second Officer selection process

Online application

Information verification

2-day selection process

1st day: group exercise / simulator assessment / technical quiz
2nd day: panel interview / suitability questionnaire / medical examination / ICAO English test / Benefits briefing session

FAQs - Second Officer Programme

Yes, we do. Everyone will be evaluated under the same selection criteria, and treated equally during the selection process or training.
No. All applications are evaluated under the same selection criteria, and treated equally during the selection process or training.
Yes, candidates must hold a valid Multi Engine Instrument Rating.
"There's a real sense of community among us, and even though we're a huge family spread all over the world. Everyone brings a very positive attitude and that doesn't just make a difference to our customers."
Marcus Cheung,
First Officer, Cathay Pacific
1,500
Minimum hours of flying experience required
Watch: Day in a life as a pilot

Apply now to become a Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific First Officer on our B747 fleet if you meet the following requirements:

  • 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
  • Minimum 1,500 hours total flying time (3,000 hours preferred)
  • 500 hours on civil registered transport aircraft certified for multi-crew operations according to the type certificate and having a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) > 45,000 kg
  • Valid Class 1 medical certificate
  • ICAO English language proficiency level 4 or above

Some of the training you will go through to be ready to fly our fleet include:

  • Induction, system and procedures ground training, full flight simulator sessions and conversion course
  • Training that introduces and/or consolidates jet aircraft operations, multi-crew operations, safety standards, efficient operation, passenger considerations, flight operations disciplines and other operational requirements
Apply now
Total Guaranteed Annual Compensation
HKD 851,250
Total Projected Annual Compensation (based on achieving specific annual block hours)**
HKD 1,123,500
HKD 577,500
Annual basic salary
HKD 216,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 57,750
Annual provident fund* (10% of Annual basic salary)
HKD 825,000
Projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay
HKD 216,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 82,500
Projected annual provident fund (10% of projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay)
  • *Please note that the employee has the option of choosing between the MPF and the Cathay Provident Fund. The above is based on the employee choosing the Cathay Provident Fund.
  • **Projected hours may vary from time to time

Additional benefits:

42 days Annual Leave
A competitive remuneration package
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your eligible dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Company contribution to a pension scheme
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%
Show more benefits
HKD 851,250
Total Guaranteed Annual Compensation
HKD 1,123,500
Total Projected Annual Compensation (based on achieving specific annual block hours)**
HKD 577,500
Annual basic salary
HKD 216,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 57,750
Annual provident fund* (10% of Annual basic salary)
HKD 825,000
Projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay
HKD 216,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 82,500
Projected annual provident fund (10% of projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay)
42 days Annual Leave
A competitive remuneration package
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your eligible dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Company contribution to a pension scheme
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%

The First Officer selection process

Online application

Information verification

2-day selection process

1st day: group exercise / simulator assessment / technical quiz
2nd day: panel interview / suitability questionnaire / medical examination / ICAO English test / Benefits briefing session

FAQs – First Officer Programme

Yes, we do. Everyone will be evaluated under the same selection criteria, and treated equally during the selection process or training.
No. All applications are evaluated under the same selection criteria, and treated equally during the selection process or training.
Yes, candidates must hold a valid Multi Engine Instrument Rating.
"Cathay Dragon flies to a variety of destinations where we operate into international airports with sophisticated operations or smaller regional airports with minimal facilities. As a pilot it is challenging yet rewarding."
Loretta Chan,
First Officer, Cathay Dragon
1500
hours flying experience required

By joining Cathay Dragon as a pilot, you will operate short haul and regional flights. Apply now to become a Hong Kong-based First Officer if you meet the following requirements:

  • 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
  • Minimum 1500 hours flying experience in fixed wing aircraft
  • The total hour requirement might be reduced for A320 / A330 rated individuals, with time on type
  • Valid Class 1 medical certificate
  • ICAO English language proficiency level 4 or above
  • Non-type rated are welcome to apply

Some of the training you will go through to be ready to fly our fleet include:

  • Type rating training for Cathay Dragon’s Airbus A320/1 or A330 fleets conducted in the Cathay Pacific Group Flight Training Centre in Hong Kong
  • Airbus type-rated pilots to complete a short course for either fleet, and non-Airbus type-rated pilots to complete a full conversion course
  • Line Flying Under Supervision training prior to release to line operations tailored to the new-joining pilot’s experience level, with an emphasis on maximum exposure to Cathay Dragon’s varied operating environment
  • Further training programmes to assist first officers in developing command skills prior to commencing a command upgrade course
Apply now
Total Guaranteed Annual Compensation
HKD 851,250
Total Projected Annual Compensation (based on achieving specific annual block hours)**
HKD 1,123,500
HKD 577,500
Annual basic salary
HKD 216,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 57,750
Annual provident fund* (10% of Annual basic salary)
HKD 825,000
Projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay
HKD 216,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 82,500
Projected annual provident fund (10% of projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay)
  • *Please note that the employee has the option of choosing between the MPF and the Cathay Provident Fund. The above is based on the employee choosing the Cathay Provident Fund.
  • **Projected hours may vary from time to time

Additional benefits:

A competitive remuneration package
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your eligible dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Company contribution to a pension scheme
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%
Show more benefits
HKD 851,250
Total Guaranteed Annual Compensation
HKD 1,123,500
Total Projected Annual Compensation (based on achieving specific annual block hours)**
HKD 577,500
Annual basic salary
HKD 216,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 57,750
Annual provident fund* (10% of Annual basic salary)
HKD 825,000
Projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay
HKD 216,000
Annual allowance (paid in 12 monthly instalments)
HKD 82,500
Projected annual provident fund (10% of projected annual basic salary plus incentive pay)
A competitive remuneration package
Discounted travel for you and eligible dependents
Medical coverage for you and your eligible dependents
Global children's education allowance available to eligible officers
Discretionary year-end bonus and profit share payment for eligible officers
Company contribution to a pension scheme
Typical Hong Kong tax rate at around 17%

The First Officer selection process

Online application

Information verification

2-day selection process

1st day: panel interview / suitability questionnaire / simulator assessment / networking session
2nd day: medical examination / ICAO English test

FAQs – First Officer Programme

Yes, we do. Everyone will be evaluated under the same selection criteria, and treated equally during the selection process or training.
Candidates are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to attend the initial interview. If you’re invited to attend a final interview in Hong Kong, Cathay Dragon will provide flights and accommodation for First Officer applicants only.
Please update your application through our online application portal, using your login email and password.

What makes us so special?

Cathay Pacific Cathay Dragon
You will operate regional, long haul and ultra long haul flights. You will fly some of the newest aircraft and latest technology - our expansive fleet of more than 196 aircraft averages only 9 years.

You will fly with professional and highly trained pilots from over 50 nationalities around the world.



You will operate short haul and regional flights.
Cathay Pacific Cathay Dragon
You will operate regional, long haul and ultra long haul flights. You will operate short haul and regional flights.
Across both airlines
You will fly some of the newest aircraft and latest technology - our expansive fleet of more than 196 aircraft averages only 9 years.

You will fly with professional and highly trained pilots from over 50 nationalities around the world.



Join us today

Apply now