Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) has kicked off recruitment for a new batch of cadet pilots following the launch of its inaugural cadet pilot programme in 2017.

Once again, the airline will target young people with Hong Kong Permanent Resident status. All new cadets will undergo 70 weeks of flight training including ground school training and multi-crew cooperation training using a medium jet simulator.

Following completion of the programme, successful cadets will receive their official appointment as Second Officers of Hong Kong Airlines.

Tang King Shing, Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines, explained, “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.”

HKA is currently developing a new training centre and is looking to expand its fleet to 50 aircraft by 2019 (the airline will take delivery of 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.