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Old 12th May 2016, 08:50
  #721 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: JDK
Posts: 3
Hi all,

I know this is for second officer but I want to try my luck to ask if it's possible for a 26 years old Singaporean to get in to Cathay as their cadet pilot or it's only open for HK citizen?

I have tried applying for local airlines (SIA and Scoot) cadet pilot programme, but I didn't get called up.

Cathay requirements:

- Have the right of abode in Hong Kong
- Have a secondary school education with good passes in mathematics and science, or a degree or diploma, or passes in all ATPL subjects

I am going to do my CAAS ATPL papers here in Singapore first, will that increase my chances of getting in?

- Jason
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Old 12th May 2016, 10:58
  #722 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Godzone
Posts: 100
you need a HKID
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Old 12th May 2016, 12:31
  #723 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: JDK
Posts: 3
Hi wantobe,

No exception?

- Jason
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Old 13th May 2016, 13:51
  #724 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Hkg
Posts: 229
No chance Jason. HKID only.
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Old 13th May 2016, 17:57
  #725 (permalink)  
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: USA
Age: 37
Posts: 41
What's the current time frame it is taking to transition from SO to FO? If called I would be a TT, does this make a difference in transition time to the right seat? Or is it purely on seniority like in the states? Can someone post a pay scale for SO and the hourly flight pay? it's not listed on APC.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 15th May 2016, 15:25
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Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Earth
Posts: 315
Experience has no bearing on upgrade time, all seniority based. keeps things simple that way. expect 3 years before getting the call for an upgrade.
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Old 15th May 2016, 16:52
  #727 (permalink)  
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: USA
Age: 37
Posts: 41
Thanks! Just one more thing... Whats the vacation accrual rate like? thx

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Old 2nd Jun 2016, 21:38
  #728 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 28
Anyone been accepted in recently? Seems to have gone very quiet, and with the so called "hiring freeze" as called for by Mr. Ivan Chu, it worries me a bit.

Last edited by kiwi_pilot_12; 3rd Jun 2016 at 00:30.
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Old 4th Jun 2016, 07:44
  #729 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: lagos
Posts: 802
Anyone on the inside heard rumours of Direct Entry FO? Probably never going to happen but..
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Old 15th Jun 2016, 18:55
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Canada
Age: 34
Posts: 15
anyone invited for TT interview lately??
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Old 26th Jul 2016, 08:08
  #731 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: New Zealand
Age: 40
Posts: 4
Hey guys! Has somebody been recently up for a stage two in HK? I am going there in a month
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 09:31
  #732 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: HK
Posts: 35
Unfortunately there is a rumour going around that the August start date for AE guys will be the last one for now. From then on AE and TT courses are on hold indefinitely. I assume this has to do with the training ban and DEFO decision.
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Old 29th Jul 2016, 15:10
  #733 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: America
Posts: 134
Please go read fragrant harbor. Read as many posts as you can about joining this company.

We are in industrial action trying to get the company to work with us on a career but they won't.

You will be lied to, abused, threatened and even fired. New SO's were told that due to lack of training resources you will have leave given to you. Of course it comes out of your leave bank. We feel that starting your career is a rewarding time and you won't mind.

This company pulls shit like that all the time. If you come here you will see what a terrible employer they are. They are morally and ethically corrupt. They create the rules, expect you to follow them but violate them all the time.

Staff travel is atrocious. Don't do it to yourself, your friends or your family.
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Old 30th Jul 2016, 09:16
  #734 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 28
Hi all,

I heard about a month ago that I have managed to be offered a place for AE, starting in Adelaide in August. Cheers to some of you on here that helped along the way.

I have also heard the rumour above (that they are closing AE hiring until further notice) but not sure if it is 100% true or not. Does anybody have more "official" word (ie: from CX themselves)?

Good luck to all those with interviews coming up.
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Old 2nd Aug 2016, 08:34
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Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: South Africa
Age: 29
Posts: 5
Is anyone in HK for Advanced Entry interview between the 16-18 August?
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 14:11
  #736 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Asia
Age: 33
Posts: 71
I was wondering if anyone heard what sort of salary package cathay would offer to DEFO. I heard they were interviewing guys last week not sure if it was internal applicant among their SO or external applicants.

I also have interest in applying for DEFO but I want to find out what sort of salary package they are willing to offer. I am expecting same pay scale as local FO... but would they put in some sort of bonus like "forgivable loan in 6 years" at least?
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 12:15
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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: lagos
Posts: 802
@crj200, what sort of experience do you have ? Are you rated?

- didn't hear of any external interviews yet
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Old 27th Aug 2016, 05:03
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Join Date: May 2007
Location: Asia
Age: 33
Posts: 71
I have 3000 hours total out of that 1300 hrs B737 and 700hrs B747. Yea I assuned so.
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Old 5th Sep 2016, 16:01
  #739 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Ma On Shan
Posts: 3
Hi Guys

Are here any companions who are also offered the initial 1A interview for SO on 21 Sept in Hong Kong? We can go for a small chat on weekends before the COMPASS test.

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Old 4th Nov 2016, 17:28
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Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Canafun
Posts: 1
AE Questionnaire

Originally Posted by wantobe View Post
Feel free to PM me for any questions anyone has regarding AE interview process. I'll try my best to help.
I have been invited to the initial selection in Hong Kong, coming up soon.
Just a few question if you don't mind answering:
What is the most difficult section in the process?
What are some things I will have to watch for? (Perhaps out of the ordinary)
Any recommendation on things to get prepared other than latestpilotjobs .com?
How long did it take you until they got back to you after the initial B selection, and what happen afterwards (fly home while you waited then get reimbursed for the travel back) before the final interview?

Thanks in advance Wantobe!


Ps. Unable to us PM due to some technical difficulties
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