Hong Kong Airlines has kicked off recruitment for a new batch of cadet pilots, following the successful launch of its inaugural cadet programme last year.
The news comes as fears over pilot shortages grow worldwide.
The much-coveted 2017 Cadet Pilot Programme received over 4,000 applications last year and Hong Kong Airlines is excited to welcome new applicants again.
The recruitment phase will take place from now until February 15th.
Hong Kong Airlines’ commitment to developing home-grown talent will once again see it target young people with Hong Kong Permanent Resident status for its second cadet pilot recruitment.
All new cadets will undergo 70 weeks of flight training, which includes ground school training and multi-crew cooperation training using medium jet simulator.
Following completion of the programme, successful cadets will receive their official appointment as second officers of Hong Kong Airlines.
Having served a record seven million passengers in 2017, which represented an impressive ten per cent climb year-on-year, Hong Kong Airlines is witnessing passenger growth that exceeds the industry average of 7.5 per cent, according to IATA.
In turn, the airline has invested substantially in new products, service and infrastructure to help cater to this growing demand.
Currently in the works is the development of a new training centre, which will provide state-of-the-art training facilities to help nurture a new generation of aviation elites.
In addition, Hong Kong Airlines is also looking to expand its fleet to 50 aircraft strong by 2019, and is poised to take delivery of all 21 Airbus A350s by 2020.
These improvements will prove pivotal to the airline as it continues to transition into a global carrier with long-haul aspirations that will include non-stop services to San Francisco, New York and London in 2018.
Tang King Shing, vice chairman of Hong Kong Airlines, said: “Hong Kong Airlines is currently undergoing a period of unprecedented growth and we continue to seek new talent every day.
“Our recruitment for new pilots has seen a double digit jump over the past two years and we are committed in our pursuit to help spur growth within the industry.
“By solidify Hong Kong’s position as a world-class international aviation hub, we can provide our customers with more travel options and flexibility.”
Interested applicants can apply online via the official website.