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Cathay Pacific Non-Rated Second & First Officers

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Cathay Pacific Non-Rated Second & First Officers

Cathay Pacific have re-commenced pilot recruitment. They’re seeking First & Second Officers, but you will need to have permanent Hong Kong residency. Info from various news outlets and Cathay’s Careers Page.

From Reuters:

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has resumed recruiting pilots with residency rights in the territory as part of medium- to long-term planning, the airline said on Tuesday, June 1, despite having much of its fleet parked due to the pandemic.

The move, which came just weeks after Cathay said it would close a pilot base in Canada and hours before the airline on Tuesday evening said it would proceed with plans to shut its pilot bases in Australia, points to a move away from a long-term strategy of employing many expatriates.

Last year, Cathay closed its regional arm Cathay Dragon, putting hundreds of pilots out of work, many of them citizens and permanent residents in Hong Kong.

“While we are still not seeing immediate, meaningful signs of growth, the recruitment we are conducting at this stage is about forward planning,” Cathay said in a statement.

“We will be looking to hire qualified talent who are already in Hong Kong and have the right to live and work here.”

Expatriates can gain permanent residency after seven years in Hong Kong.

Cathay pilots with temporary work visas have received shorter than usual renewals since the closure of Cathay Dragon, said two sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

About Cathay and the role:

As Hong Kong’s premium airline, we have been delivering internationally recognised service for generations, whilst flying in and out of one of the world’s most vibrant, cities safely. Our pilots are a huge part of what makes us successful. Meticulously trained to a world-class standard, they adhere to the highest standard of safety that is trusted by customers worldwide. We are seeking to expand our fleet with passionate pilots who are as committed to ensuring the safety of our customers as we are.

A Second Officer is essentially a cruise relief pilot for the first few years. As a cruise relief pilot, you provide support to the Captain and First Officer, taking control during the cruise to allow inflight rest for the operating pilots.

What you’ll be doing:

It’s an exciting time to be a pilot, and we at Cathay Pacific are offering an opportunity in which you can craft a genuine career. As a Second Officer, based in the cultural hub that is Hong Kong, you will travel to over 200 destinations around the world, you will support our flight deck take the reins at altitude and ensure our customers have the experience they have come to expect.

You will receive world-class training and development to be ready to fly our fleet. Second Officers attend either a 6 or 8-week conversion training in Adelaide, which comprises of Simulator Training, Flight Training and Theory Hours.

Second Officers:

We are seeking passionate Second Officers who will take pride in providing a high-quality service to our customers and will embrace the potential to advance their careers. To be considered we’ll expect you to have:

  • Hong Kong Permanent Resident
  • 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
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate

First Officers:

We are seeking passionate First Officers who will take pride in providing a high-quality service to our customers and will embrace the potential to advance their careers. To be considered we’ll expect you to have:

  • Hong Kong Permanent Resident
  • Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) or Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with a Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) and same state ATPL examinations credits – obtained without exemption or conversion* CPL holder, must be eligible for HK ATPL on conversion

    * For ATPL Conversion you must have 500 hours P1 U/S or 250 hours P1 and/or P1 U/S including at least 70 hours as P1

  • Minimum 1,500 hours total flying time (3,000 hours preferred)
  • 500 hours on civil registered transport aircraft certified for multi-crew operations according to the type certificate and having a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) > 45,000 kg
  • Valid Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • ICAO English language proficiency Level 4 or above
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate

What Cathay offer:

We provide world-class training and development as we prepare you to fly our fleet.  You will fly the  most modern fleet, harnessing the latest in aviation technology. On top of the day to day and long-term benefits we offer, Hong Kong serves as an incredible home. Meaning you can enjoy the best of life in the air and on the ground.

If you wish to join our expanding fleet, please apply now. We’ll invite you to an interview in Hong Kong if we feel you meet our requirements.

Applications are online with CV and Cover Letter a requirement. If you need assistance in creating or improving these documents then please visit out Pilot Career Hub or email the pilot team at [email protected]

To apply for this job please visit careers.cathaypacific.com.