Cathay Pacific Aiming to Recruit 800+ Cadet
Pilots in 2023-2024
Cathay Pacific this week celebrated the first group of cadet pilots
to graduate since the
Having completed the 55-week Cadet Pilot Training
Programme, the 19 graduates will join the airline as Second
Officers from July.
Currently, there are more than 400 cadet
pilots in training.
“It has all along been the
government’s policy to
promote localisation by encouraging local airlines to invest
resources in training local cadet pilots. We firmly believe that
in the long run, only by enlarging the pool of local aviation
talent can we sustain the development of Hong Kong’s aviation
industry,” said Lam
Sai-hung, Secretary for Transport and Logistics. “In this regard, we very much appreciate Cathay Pacific’s
continuous efforts in promoting manpower training, especially in
nurturing local aviation talent.”
As of this month, more than 1,000 of
Cathay Pacific’s pilots are graduates of the Cadet Pilot Training
Programme. They include 185 Captains, of which more than 40 are
Training Captains. The airline also has seven management pilots
who originated from this programme.
The airline aims to recruit more than 800 cadet pilots in 2023 and 2024
combined, in addition to the approximately 250 cadet pilots
recruited in 2022.
Cathay currently operates two
parallel courses for training cadets. This latest group of 19
graduates completed their cadet-training activities as part of the
airline’s original, long-standing programme hosted by Flight
Training Adelaide (FTA).
The airline also developed its new
integrated course to expand the training opportunities for cadet
pilots. The first batch of cadets on this integrated programme,
developed with Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and more
recently its own in-house Cathay Academy, are expected to graduate
in August this year.
The integrated course sees cadets undertake
theoretical ground training in Hong Kong, flight training at AeroGuard Flight Training Center in Arizona or FTA in Adelaide,
and multi-crew simulator training at Cathay City.
of 177 cadet pilots are expected to graduate from both programmes
aviation talent has always been at the heart of who we are as Hong
Kong’s home carrier. This programme has given us numerous success
stories, has helped us cultivate outstanding pilots within the
industry, and is a testament to our commitment to develop our
future aviation professionals,” said Lavinia Lau, Cathay Pacific Chief
Customer and Commercial Officer. “To all our graduating cadet pilots who spent long hours of
studying and training to get where they are today –
congratulations to all of you and I want to acknowledge all the
hard work and determination you have shown in your training,
despite the pandemic.”
Enrolment for the Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot
programme is open.
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