Hello Captain Doug,
Been a long time follower of your blog, I must say you have given us pilot wannabes all the right reasons to pursue our dreams.
I’ve recently applied to Cathay’s cadet pilot program, and as I am preparing myself for the interviews, I came across a post bellowing detailing some pilot work conditions:
I understand there are a lot of Cathay-bashing comments on PPruNe. Yet is there any validity towards the claim? As a long-haul pilot who has been through the stages of SO and FO, I would be glad if you could shed some insight to this matter!
I would continue to pursue the dream, but would love to hear from a seasoned professional on the realities.
Hi.... That was quite a write up on PPRuNE!
I remember reading this stuff when I had an interview with Emirates six years ago. I was debating whether to go because of all the negativity. But I'm glad the family and I went. They are a very professional company. But as my friend who flies for Emirates said, "the company has many warts." :) A few Air Canada pilots did go. A few have since quit. For me there were too many issues to overlook.
We also have a few ex-Cathay pilots. As you probably know, Cathay fired several a few years ago. Since then most returned.
I know of one pilot, flying for Cathay, based in Vancouver because he couldn't stand the pollution in HKG. I just noticed they all got raises. :)
I did start at Air Canada as a cruise pilot and it's a great way to learn the company's culture. But I had 8000 hours so taking a future flying job was easier. For many...being a cruise pilot can be tough watching others fly- and that included me!
There's never an easy answer. I would at least try to jump through their hoops in the selection process.
Who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Hope this helps.