South Asia and Far East WannabesA forum for those applying to Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or any other Hong Kong-based airline or operator. Use this area for both Direct Entry Pilot and Cadet-scheme queries.
Cleared for take off, I applied for the first time about a year ago and heard nothing....reapplied in April and got an e-mail two days ago inviting me for an interview in London, UK. Just pe patient I would say.....it is frustrating I know....afterall am in the same situation! All the best. C84
I am currently a 3rd Year Aerospace engineering student in England.I would like to apply for the Cathay Pacific cadet pilot programme after i finish my degree in June.I would like to know what are the interview dates in London?How long do they take to respond after you hand in you application? Also, is there any other airline programme that is not restricted to certain nationals?
I sent and email to Cathay pacific a few days back, but no one seems to respond.I would really appreciate if anyone helps me with my queries.Cheers!!!
imran_x66, 6-12 months wait after you apply seem to be a pretty standard waiting time after you send your application, other cadet pilot schemes? Ever heard of BA? I can't help with the interview dates. If you e-mailed them a few days ago expect an answer in a few weeks if any at all, and that is with any airline not just CX.All the best. C84
Thnx a lot concord 84. Yeah heard of BA but I don't think I meet all their requirement. They require unrestricted right to live and work in the UK which I dont think I will have after I finish my degree as I am on a student Visa here. How about Etihad? Any hope of them resuming their programme?
Can anyone let me know why the Cathay Pilot Recruitment online process won't accept my application. After I state that: I have over 1000hrs Current CIR Nil ATPLs
Says, sorry you don't meet our requirements? I have emailed to ask why but still no response. I'm guessing that if you have inexcess of 1000hrs, CIR nil ATPLS that to them is TOO MUCH experience for the cadetship. Anyhelp?
I was told today that a "Cathay representative" attended a local Aero club encouraging all the starry eyed trainee pilots to apply to the CX cadetship and finish their training with them. That way they can "get a number" early and be upgraded before all experienced pilots that are hired after them.
I have read through a lot of the thread and at first I was put of by Cathay thinking I would be living in a mud hut not earning enough to even eat but once looking at the figures it looks like an excellent deal.
The figures below are from 404 titan: Taxable Income
HK$422040 SO annual salary HK$ 35170 Annual Discretionary Bonus (If Paid) HK$ 27642 Hourly Duty Pay based on 84 hrs/month less 3 weeks annual leave HK$120000 Hong Kong Pilot Allowance HK$604852 Total income HK$108000 Less basic tax free threshold HK$496852 Taxable income
Tax calculation for first year of service.
HK$ 800 First 40000 @ 2% HK$ 2800 Next 40000 @ 7% HK$ 4800 Next 40000 @ 12% HK$64065 Remaining 376852 @ 17% HK$72465 Total Tax (Based on Annual Discretionary Bonus being paid)
HK$66486 Total Tax (No Annual Discretionary Bonus)
In you first year of employment in Hong Kong you also need to budget for Provisional Tax, i.e. one year’s tax in advance. Therefore you need to double the above tax figures for your first tax bill.
HK$144930 total Tax (ADB Paid) = 34.3% of your monthly salary. HK$132972 Total Tax (No ADB Paid) = 31.5% of your monthly salary.
This is a higher tax burden in your first year of service than most western countries.
Now I am from the UK and live in London. My expenditure: Rent:$13500 I live in a 400squarefoot flat Food:$3375 Home Phone: Cant aford it. Mobile: $600 Internet:$225 Electricity:$925 Gas: I dont have Water$250 Public Transport:$1600 Miscellaneous: I will keep the same$3000 Total: $23475 Notice I have left out the Tax from above.
Income: Uk tax is one of the highest in the world so: Basic Tax 0-£35000=20% Higher £35000-£150000=40% Additional £150000+=50%
A good starting salary at an Airline is £40000 if you are bonded it would be more like £28000.
£28000=$336000 after tax=$268000=$22333 a month.
Based on these quick figures I would rather be in Hong Kong.
P.S Tip if you are single find someone who works at HSBC and marry them. If they work in the Head office in London they maybe able to get a transfer to HK and they get accomodation provided. Nudge nudge wink wink.
I failed SIA final interview recently, have aerospace engineering degree and psychology minor and 19 dual hours with 0.2 solo hours on piper. I applied cathay & am looking at all other airlines too but didn't find any which I can apply for immediately given financial restrictions.
Being a fresh graduate, I am also wondering what careers I can start with to improve my standing as a cadet pilot applicant with Singapore Airlines or other airlines or companies. Thank you much!
Hi guys, just noticed the "rapid command" tab in the flying positions section on the CX website. Is that very new or has it been around for a while. Just wondering cos it says applicants can vote to move to CX passenger flights after 3 years and these people are on bases, not in HK. Would that affect SOs getting a base and/or making it to a captain position in the long term or not? Just checking