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Being a Pilot with Cathay Pacific is a demanding, but rewarding, career. It requires a lifetime commitment to learning and development, and comes with an immense level of responsibility for the well being of our customers and our multi-million dollar aircraft. The rewards, however, are enormous. Our pilots enjoy an exciting, fast-paced lifestyle that’s made possible by flexible working hours and ongoing opportunities to experience new cultures and explore the world.

Second Officers are integral members of our flight deck crew. They fly as cruise co-pilot and ensure flight safety by monitoring the operating crew during approach and departure. Once qualified, you’ll benefit from continued training and assessment every step of the way to ready you for promotion to First Officer and ultimately, Cathay Pacific Captain.

Second Officers are recruited via three entry programmes that have been tailored to suit people with varying experience levels. All programs are conducted at Flight Training Adelaide, a world-class training facility located in Australia that has been training airline pilots since 1982.

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Cadet Pilot Programme

Our 55-week programme offers opportunities to Permanent Hong Kong ID card holders who aspire to be aviators. Training includes 160 hours of day and night flying in single and twin-engine light aircraft, as well as classroom learning and 40 hours of simulator training. To learn more about what’s involved, visit our Cadet Pilot website.

Advanced Entry Programme

This is a 32-week programme for people who possess an ICAO CPL and have in excess of 250 hours flight time in specified categories.

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Transition Training Programme

Already have significant experience in the air? Our five-week programme is designed for pilots who posses an ICAO ATPL and have a minimum of 1500 hours total time, including 500 hours multi-engine time with a MTOW greater than 2000kg.

Entry Requirements

In addition to a strong passion for aviation, you will need to have:

  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Be physically fit and qualify for a Class I Medical
  • Meet flight deck reach requirements which is subject to a functional reach test
  • Have completed secondary school and have good passes in mathematics and science, or have a degree or diploma, or have passes in all ATPL subjects

Ready to get behind the controls?

Visit our Cadet Pilot website to learn more about the training programme and requirements for entry, and to explore the many career paths and benefits on offer.

  • Apply Online
  • To update an existing application, please update here. Please note that we are currently ONLY recruiting for the Cadet Pilot Programme for which a permanent HKID card is required.

For enquires, please email flightcrew_recruitment@cathaypacific.com or telephone +852 2747 8247.

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