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Reach for the sky with city's flag carrier

To support operational requirements and expansion plans, Cathay Pacific is to recruit about 250 cadet pilots next year.

"We are looking for people with a genuine interest in aircraft and flying who will make good representatives of Cathay Pacific," says Kelly Crawford, the airline's flight crew recruitment manager. "We are seeking candidates who can mix well with others and demonstrate leadership qualities. Also, as the training is extensive and sometimes tough, we look for self-motivation and perseverance to cope with the challenges."

Applicants need not have flying experience as their flight licence will be fully funded. After completing the 13-week course at Flight Training Adelaide, cadets will become second officers and are considered an integral part of the flight crew. The second officer acts as a cruise relief pilot, monitors all facets of the operation and supports the crew. They work on Cathay Pacific's fleet of Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777, and Airbus A340-300 and A330-300 aircraft, operating worldwide on long-haul routes.

"This is a career path with a goal to becoming a captain, and the chance to be a very important member of our team. Joining our cadet pilot programme means committing yourself to an exacting and exciting career with one of the most admired airlines in the world," Crawford says. "The responsibilities and the ensuing rewards are enormous. This could be your chance to fulfil those childhood dreams of flying."

Earning your wings

  • The comprehensive training consists of intensive ground-based instruction and flying lessons
  • Cadet pilots must be assessed constantly to ensure skills are learned and maintained