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Why would you come to CX?

Old 26th Jan 2024, 03:06
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Why would you come to CX?

I have been struggling with this question recently. As a 747 pilot, I see all my peers around me becoming demotivated and depressed. I am astounded that pilots are still applying and coming to Cathay Pacific.

I have to witness the pure disrespect that the company is showing every pilot and cabin crew, including me. It is disgusting that the managers of flight operations are allowing this. They should be ashamed of themselves.
There is right and wrong in life and what is going on in CX at the moment is WRONG.

If any new pilot is thinking about Cathay Pacific as a future employer. I beg you to reconsider. You will be treated like rubbish. You will work hard to become a professional in your flying career only to be ignored and overlooked.

Seniority means absolutely nothing. The amount of upgrades that are happening out of seniority is unbelievable. This does not just affect a person's goodwill to the company but affects his earning potential, staff travel priority etc. Fleet transfers are no longer done fairly and openly but it's done at the behest of the company. They have ruined so many lives and caused countless stress to their pilots and cabin crew.

If you join as a DEFO, be careful with all the lies you are told. You will eventually have to accept that this is a company that will throw you under the bus if needed.
If you are joining as a SO please understand that you will sit for many many years before you get taken seriously. You will be abused by the rostering system and not have control of your life.

If any member of the AOA or the FAU is reading this, please let's all band together and formulate a plan to put an end to this madness. Your members are paying you to protect them and give them sound advice. Why are you not doing so?

In my eyes both the union and company are to blame.

All this I have written above is in my honest opinion and what I have observed recently.
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Old 26th Jan 2024, 03:27
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People join for the same reasons you have for not leaving.

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Old 26th Jan 2024, 05:49
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Originally Posted by herewego75
I have been struggling with this question recently. As a 747 pilot, I see all my peers around me becoming demotivated and depressed. I am astounded that pilots are still applying and coming to Cathay Pacific.

I have to witness the pure disrespect that the company is showing every pilot and cabin crew, including me. It is disgusting that the managers of flight operations are allowing this. They should be ashamed of themselves.
There is right and wrong in life and what is going on in CX at the moment is WRONG.

If any new pilot is thinking about Cathay Pacific as a future employer. I beg you to reconsider. You will be treated like rubbish. You will work hard to become a professional in your flying career only to be ignored and overlooked.

Seniority means absolutely nothing. The amount of upgrades that are happening out of seniority is unbelievable. This does not just affect a person's goodwill to the company but affects his earning potential, staff travel priority etc. Fleet transfers are no longer done fairly and openly but it's done at the behest of the company. They have ruined so many lives and caused countless stress to their pilots and cabin crew.

If you join as a DEFO, be careful with all the lies you are told. You will eventually have to accept that this is a company that will throw you under the bus if needed.
If you are joining as a SO please understand that you will sit for many many years before you get taken seriously. You will be abused by the rostering system and not have control of your life.

If any member of the AOA or the FAU is reading this, please let's all band together and formulate a plan to put an end to this madness. Your members are paying you to protect them and give them sound advice. Why are you not doing so?

In my eyes both the union and company are to blame.

All this I have written above is in my honest opinion and what I have observed recently.
there are literally jobs everywhere right now, if cx is as bad as you make it out why not do yourself a favour and leave? No one is handcuffed to the company despite what they may claim. Life is too short to be so unhappy.

itís fine to complain about the company but to tell others not to join while you refuse to leave is nothing short of hypocritical. The AOA is only as strong as its members - if you arenít willing to take action - you are part of the problem.
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Old 26th Jan 2024, 07:22
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Why should you stay at CX? For all the reasons you listed it makes zero sense for any rhyme or reason that you continue to take a flogging from Cx management and give them exactly what they want; an employee that will take any and all abuse and complain a little but still get the job done. I should say Iím proud that youíve managed to last this long. After signing COS18 in late 2020 my foot was already out the door and leaving was the best career decision I made. I do wish you and your fellow employees the best for the future, I hate seeing my fellow brothers and sisters exploited by garbage employers.
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Old 26th Jan 2024, 09:26
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1. Currently out of work with no other prospects.
2. Better than your current job.
3. Get the type rating, some time on type and move on.
4. Been turned down by the airlines you really wanted to work for.
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Old 26th Jan 2024, 10:20
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Where else would a Hong Kong citizen ( or soon mainlander from Shenzen etc) who wants to become a pilot apply?
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Old 26th Jan 2024, 11:10
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exactly the question to yourself, why dont you leave ? asking others not to join but you staying ? this is the kind of pilots CX have ?
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Old 26th Jan 2024, 11:48
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Bleating from the roof tops about how bad it is, yet he isn't going anywhere. Telling everyone else not to come whilst you stay and complain about the AOA. Pathetic!

You cannot be taken seriously dude.
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Old 27th Jan 2024, 14:24
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Countless left CX n returned

If the gigs out there are really that good, they wouldn't have made the 180į turn
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Old 27th Jan 2024, 20:58
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Countless didn't come back.
There are still some people for whom honour and integrity remain the guiding principles for life.
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Old 28th Jan 2024, 00:20
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Some came back. Bit of a stretch to call it countless. As a % of those who left, the number of returnees is minuscule. I sure as f@ck wonít be one of them.
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Old 28th Jan 2024, 11:43
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Why did you do an early freighter command?

Why did you go into training?

Why did you go into training against the training ban?

Why did you do an STC upgrade?

Why did you do a BTC upgrade?

Why did you do closed loops?

Why did you do “Team B” despite the fatigue?

Why did you request W patterns on the A340 when there was so little long haul available and you weren’t a commuter?

Why did you join without ARAPA in 2010?

Why did you join with HKPA in 2014?

Why did you join on Cos18?


Never ask a question with ”why” in CX or in HKG
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Old 28th Jan 2024, 13:52
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How bizarre that people are trashing this OP for trying to help other pilots !

If genuine; this OP is trying to offer advice, based on what they are experiencing on the inside of this airline. They themselves might be trapped and not able to leave right now - they might have children going through college, or a mortgage to pay off, or only a couple of years left before they retire. Hard to leave that and start again at the bottom maybe.

But they are trying to warn others about the current employment situation in this company, and some people are having a go at them for it ??

(I would however, suggest that the OP write directly to their union rather than ask their union for action via this website. Maybe they have tried that already.)
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Old 30th Jan 2024, 14:59
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Because we all have ****ty passports and canít work in the US.
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 00:26
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Originally Posted by herewego75
I have been struggling with this question recently. As a 747 pilot, I see all my peers around me becoming demotivated and depressed. I am astounded that pilots are still applying and coming to Cathay Pacific.

I have to witness the pure disrespect that the company is showing every pilot and cabin crew, including me. It is disgusting that the managers of flight operations are allowing this. They should be ashamed of themselves.
There is right and wrong in life and what is going on in CX at the moment is WRONG.

If any new pilot is thinking about Cathay Pacific as a future employer. I beg you to reconsider. You will be treated like rubbish. You will work hard to become a professional in your flying career only to be ignored and overlooked.

Seniority means absolutely nothing. The amount of upgrades that are happening out of seniority is unbelievable. This does not just affect a person's goodwill to the company but affects his earning potential, staff travel priority etc. Fleet transfers are no longer done fairly and openly but it's done at the behest of the company. They have ruined so many lives and caused countless stress to their pilots and cabin crew.

If you join as a DEFO, be careful with all the lies you are told. You will eventually have to accept that this is a company that will throw you under the bus if needed.
If you are joining as a SO please understand that you will sit for many many years before you get taken seriously. You will be abused by the rostering system and not have control of your life.

If any member of the AOA or the FAU is reading this, please let's all band together and formulate a plan to put an end to this madness. Your members are paying you to protect them and give them sound advice. Why are you not doing so?

In my eyes both the union and company are to blame.

All this I have written above is in my honest opinion and what I have observed recently.
What a pathetically transparent attempt to stop new recruits from joining in the hope CX will improve your conditions.
Grow a pair and leave.
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 02:16
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Pilots used to leave a command in their home country to come to Cathay as an FO. It was a highly sought after and desirable airline to work for. They now give give up a Cathay command to return home to an FO position.
I think that just about sums it up.
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 04:38
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What's everyone's opinion on the impeding mainland invasion of Taiwan and the implication that has on not just CX as a business, but HK as a whole? Aside from the behemoth of toxic reasons I read on this forum, the mainland's recent escalation is enough to put me off from wanting to move out there.
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Everything at CX has to do with money. It has nothing to do with flying 80 hours a month plus or roster changes or flying over CNY etc that's bull, at EK you'll go over 100hrs easy, do they moan 24/7? nope.. why? money.
If you can suck up Dubai, the heat, the locals, the noose over your head then that's up to you, sure your kids might get skin cancer for their 9th birthday and your wifes face might melt with all the botox but the money is great! Rule 1: take their money and then leave. Now CX used to be very similar to them except the environment was awesome, amazing city, amazing people and a fun airline and the money was just as good. Fast forward and everyone is angry about what EK make vs CX, as CX is bankrupt and pays 50% less.

You decide, how much are you saving each month now vs how much you would save each month in EK. Even if there is another airline with less pay and a better environment then you have to decide. If you're young and can suck up EK then do it whilst you're young. Do it for 10 years then you can (if you've saved like normal) then decide on where you want to chill for the remainder of your career.

Remember some people are happy with $1,000 and some are unhappy with $20,000 it's all up to you, and stop looking at social media to gauge your happiness it's all fake and they live on their credit cards.
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 05:01
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Originally Posted by CessNah
What's everyone's opinion on the impeding mainland invasion of Taiwan and the implication that has on not just CX as a business, but HK as a whole? Aside from the behemoth of toxic reasons I read on this forum, the mainland's recent escalation is enough to put me off from wanting to move out there.
Valid point. I guess the problem is the unpredictability. Taiwan is the rethoric target of China since decades, so far they did not attack. I don't know the answer, but one thing is certain, it would affect not only the region, it would cause a major global crisis. Sure, HK would be dangerously close, but trade between China and rest of the world is a substantial part of any international airline. I would say the risk is largest with any cargo airline and least with LCC?

Also consider the significant risks of escalation in the Gulf area, in South Africa, in Mexico/Venezuela/South America, in Europe/Ukraine. In the end a question of where you are right now and how you assess the risk at your home I would say.I recently flew with a Ukrainian, a Filipino and a guy from Simbabwe. I don't think they are as concerned about Taiwan as others..

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Old 1st Feb 2024, 05:08
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Originally Posted by magenta magnet
Fast forward and everyone is angry about what EK make vs CX, as CX is bankrupt and pays 50% less.
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Bold statement. Can you back that up with numbers?
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