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Cathay Pacific gets second ‘I Can Fly’ programme off the ground

01 Apr 2005


Cathay Pacific Airways today got its second "I Can Fly" education and community service programme for Hong Kong youngsters off the ground by officially opening the scheme to applications at a ceremony in Olympian City 2 led by Chief Executive Philip Chen. Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip is the programme's Patron.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: "Cathay Pacific's 'I Can Fly' programme has been created to involve, inform and inspire Hong Kong youth to seek and reach for their dreams. Our pilots, who have had their dream came true, will lead our programme members along and guide them towards their goals."

Mr Chen was joined by about a dozen members from the first "I Can Fly" programme and Cathay Pacific pilots who act as mentors to participants throughout as they learn about aviation and devise and take part in community service schemes.

The airline will recruit 1,000 youngsters aged between 13 and 18 years. Applications can be made direct online at http://icanfly.cathaypacific.com or through schools across Hong Kong which will be provided with application packs. The application closing date will be 3 May 2005.

The "I Can Fly" programme will run for 15 months from May 2005 through August 2006. Some of the best participants will earn the chance to visit the Boeing or Airbus aircraft factories in the United States and France, while others will fly for real at Cathay Pacific's pilot academy in Adelaide, Australia.

First Officer Ron Chan said that as a mentor he saw tremendous positive changes among students in his group as they developed team and leadership skills. "It is always good to tell the kids more about aviation. 'I Can Fly' also gave them an opportunity to develop into young adults willing to follow their dreams, take the initiative and seek responsibility."

Details of Cathay Pacific "I Can Fly" Programme 2005-2006 exhibition

2-3 April 2005
Venue: G/F., Central Atrium, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon
Date/Time: 2 April (Sat) 3:00p.m. - 6:30pm, 3 April (Sun) 12:00 noon - 6:30pm

9-10 April 2005
Venue: Atrium II, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Date/Time: 9 April (Sat) 12:00 noon - 6:30pm, 10 April (Sun) 12:00 noon - 6:30pm
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen officially opened the 'I Can Fly' programme to applications at the opening ceremony today.
Members from the first 'I Can Fly' programme in a role-play sharing their experience from the programme.
Cathay Pacific pilots who were mentors of the first 'I Can Fly' programme encouraged Hong Kong youngsters to
take action. Participants joining the programme can learn about aviation and devise and take part in community service schemes.

Youngsters getting 'I Can Fly' programme information from pilot mentors and submit online application at the 'I Can Fly' exhibition
today.