A few months ago we reported that Cathay Pacific removes ATPL theory requirements. This allowed a large number of applicants to be interviewed and hired. With the recent intake amount, they have been sending the standard “we have reviewed our requirements” emails to new applicants which signifies a slowdown for now. We will keep you updated when they fully open the gates again.
The ab initio program is always open to Hong Kong residents.
For anyone that was considering Cathay Pacific’s “Advanced Cadet Program” but was limited by not having the required ICAO ATPL theory credits, that barrier has been broken and you can now apply and be accepted without it! Get in there!
Learn more: https://careers.cathaypacific.com/jobs/second-officer-cathay-pacific
Here are the new requirements:
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 a 6 or 8-weeks training in Adelaide, which comprises of Simulator Training, Flight Training and Theory Hours.
Those international applicants hoping to get into Cathay Pacific will have to start seeking another program elsewhere. Currently the airline offers three programs for entry. The ab initio program has seamlessly transitioned into a resident only program and now the Advanced Entry has stopped. We are not certain of Cathay’s future cadet program plan but it may have something to do with Dragonair (Cathay Dragon). Has anyone recently received an invitation from Cathay or Cathay Dragon?
It seems that Cathay Pacific silently put their cadet program on hold until at least the middle of 2017. This only affects advanced entry and transitional candidates. This is apparently the result of the ongoing training ban. Cathay Pacific has also recently advertised direct entry first officer positions. The imposed training ban does not affect ab initio applicants as training will be conducted by Cathay Dragon (Dragonair).