Cathay Pacific axes Dragon brand and 6,000 jobs

Cathay Pacific plans to slash 6,000 jobs and the Cathay Dragon brand. These cuts include a large number of cadets.

Cathay acknowledges that the road ahead is uncertain and these cuts will make them competitive in the future. The cadet program will be on hold for the foreseeable future and could be quite sometime before it returns.

Cathay Dragon’s routes will be merged into mainline.

We will try to get a statement from Cathay about future cadet projections and current layoff numbers.

Singapore Airlines no longer taking applications

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Singapore Airlines has stopped accepting Pilot applications, including Cadets.

There’s no indication of when this may resume but the guess is that it will be a long time away. The aviation industry is in for an extended recovery and airlines will come out much slimmer than before. This does not necessarily mean that there will no longer be a need for cadets, it just means the numbers may be fewer.

The airline has however, recently raised US$8 billion which secures it’s financial future.

We will keep you updated on when Singapore Airlines have started accepting cadet applications once more.

Stay safe!

Singapore Airlines cadet program – Malaysia

Singapore Airlines cadet program is accepting applications – Singapore


Qatar Cadet Pilot billed for training costs after being fired

Though this is not breaking news, you might not have heard about a Qatari cadet pilot that was recently laid off due to COVID-19. The young cadet received a letter from Qatar Airways stating that their “services are no longer required”, and that they are contractually required to pay back the training costs. In this case it was roughly $165,000.

Here is the letter:

What are your thoughts on this? Would this stop you from pursuing the cadet career path? Don’t forget to check out the new cadet pilot community forums!

No applications for the remainder of 2020 for Lufthansa group

If you had plans on applying for a cadet program withing the Lufthansa group, you might as well put it off until 2021. The European Flight Academy responsible for training Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, SWISS, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings, has announce that due to COVID-19 they will suspend all intakes.

For those already enrolled, a tentative restart date is around the end of August 2020, but this may change depending on the situation.

Be sure to check out our community forums for more!

Cathay Pacific cadet program moving ahead

Cathay Pacific’s recent move to continue training new cadet pilots show that the company sees the need to keep a fresh flow of pilots in the system.

They have recently started reinstating training dates for those that were hired prior to the COVID-19 outbreak which crippled the aviation industry.

More details to come…

Edelweiss cadet program

Edelweiss, part of the Lufthansa Group, offers an ab initio cadet program based in Zurich.


You are aviation enthusiast, always wanted to go high and discover the world in a responsible position? Then you are right with us!
We offer you an integrated training model for airline pilots with pre-financing and the best job opportunities in the cockpit.

After successfully passing the multi-stage assessment, you will be accepted into training at Lufthansa Aviation Training Switzerland.

  • 20-22 months training (ATPL) as a scheduled pilot
  • Training modules in Zurich, Grenchen (Switzerland) and Vero Beach (USA)
  • Subsequent assignment as First Officer on the Airbus aircraft from Edelweiss


  • Successfully completed, min. three-year basic training or examination-free admission for a university of applied sciences or a university
  • 18 to 32 years when submitting the application
  • Swiss citizen of the EU-27 / EFTA (Croatian only with settlement permit C)
  • Very good language skills in German (min. Level C1), English (level B2)
  • SPHAIR graduates are given preferential treatment
  • Men: Basic military service (Switzerland: recruit school) or civil service (Switzerland: “long assignment”) must be completed at the time of application.

Please follow this link to apply:

easyJet cadet program

easyJet is a London based low-cost carrier that offers interested applicant an opportunity to become a first officer on their fleet through their cadet program. The program is provided through CAE and a cost has not been specified but we suspect over the 100,000 euro mark.

Apart from a love of flying, incredible hand-eye coordination and determination to work hard, there are a few other things you need if you want to be a commercial pilot.

  • You need to be at least 18 at the start of your course, and there’s no upper age limit.
  • Have at least a high school level of education, a background in Maths, Science and English can be helpful.
  • Have an EASA class one medical.
  • If you want to fly for easyJet, you’ll need the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK, EU or Switzerland, and the ability to speak and write in fluent English.

For more information on this program and to apply, please go to or

Cathay Pacific slows down hiring, for now

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.

Cobham Cadet Program

Cobham Aviation Services provides surveillance services for border force and has a cadet program for suitable applicants. Successful applicants will be trained and awarded a First Officer position on their highly modified Dash-8 aircraft. The program is 53 weeks and training is provided by Flight Training Adelaide

The program is designed in four phases being:

  • Phase 1 : CASA CPL ground theory and examinations and CASA commercial pilot licence CPL(A).
  • Phase 2 : Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating (MECIR).
  • Phase 3 : CASA ATP(A) ground theory and examinations.
  • Phase 4 : Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) and Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (URPT) programs.

Integrated ground theory and flying delivered over seven modules of training. On completion of the course, cadets achieve the following national accredited qualifications:

  • AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
  • AVI50415 Diploma in Aviation (Instrument Rating)
  • AVI60216 Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command)

Dear applicants

Thank you for taking the time to consider applying for the Cobham Cadet Pilot Program. Cobham is a leading provider of contract aviation services in Australia. Headquartered in Adelaide, we have operations spanning all States and Territories across Australia. We provide a range of services for government, defence and commercial customers.

Our cadet program is focused on bringing the best and brightest into the Special Mission arm of our operations. Special Mission conducts aerial border surveillance and search-and-rescue operations spanning the country’s exclusive economic zone and search-and-rescue region under contract with the Australian Government. Our fleet consists of 10 highly modified Dash 8 aircraft and four highly modified Bombardier Challenger CL-604 jets.

Cobham is committed to providing career opportunities within the Australian aviation sector. The Cobham Cadet Pilot Program will provide this opportunity for aspiring pilots with little or no prior flying experience. In partnership with Flight Training Adelaide, this program offers a complete and dedicated residential training program to a world-class standard. The 53 week program comprises all of the necessary and desirable elements to prepare candidates for the role of First Officer on the Dash 8 aircraft.

In this important role, you will experience real hands-on aircraft operations in a close-knit team environment. Ultimately, you will be contributing to Australia’s national security, border and environmental protection. I am sure this role will provide both tremendous job satisfaction and an opportunity to grow in your aviation career.

For more information and to apply, please read on below.

Mr Russell Dyer, Vice President of Special Mission, Cobham Aviation Services Australia