Cathay Pacific suspends cadet program?

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?

Dragonair Pilot Cadet Program

The Dragonair Pilot Cadet Program, just like the Cathay Pacific Pilot Cadet Program, was designed to give the opportunity to the average person with a passion for aviation the chance to become a pilot for Dragonair. Unlike the Cathay Pacific Pilot Cadet Program, you will take on the rank of First Officer after the completion of training rather than Cathay’s Second Officer tier.

To be eligible for the Dragonair Pilot Cadet Program you must:

  • Hold a Hong Kong permanent I.D card
  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English (speaking Chinese is a plus)
  • Medically fit
  • 5 passes HKCEE / O-Level equivalent – including passes at Grade C or above in English Language, Physics and Mathematics, together with 2 passes in HKALE / A-Level (science subjects preferred) or a Degree or Diploma in any discipline (science subjects preferred).

Even though no flying experience is necessary, we do advise that you take at least two flying lesson sessions to become somewhat familiar with flying an airplane and understanding what make it fly because without flying experience, it is expected that you have a good working knowledge of flying operations. Read more and apply here