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pilotboy76

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Hey Fellas....
Anybody know the first year pay as an SO at Cathay and the possible upgrade time for a low time guy?
Thanks in advance.
GB
 

typhoonpilot

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This is taken from a PPrune thread on the same question.

Note that the amount is in Hong Kong Dollars, and no I'm not going to look up the exchange rate, you can do that for yourself.

TP


This is basic pay only and doesnt include allowances or housing. Tax is 16% on basic pay.

Cathay Pacific (CX) & Dragonair (KA)

Year, CX Annual, CX Monthly, KA Annual, KA Monthly, %less CX

SO
1 $386,556.00 $32,213.00 $341,952.00 $28,496.00 13.04%
2 $432,960.00 $36,080.00
3 $484,920.00 $40,410.00
4 $543,108.00 $45,259.00

JFO
1 $ 593,052.00 $ 49,421.00 $ 458,220.00 $ 38,185.00 29.43%
2 $ 664,224.00 $ 55,352.00 $ 574,476.00 $ 47,873.00 15.62%

FO
1 $ 771,180.00 $ 64,265.00 $ 683,904.00 $ 56,992.00 12.76%
2 $ 784,116.00 $ 65,343.00 $ 697,560.00 $ 58,130.00 12.41%
3 $ 797,316.00 $ 66,443.00 $ 711,516.00 $ 59,293.00 12.06%
4 $ 810,780.00 $ 67,565.00 $ 725,736.00 $ 60,478.00 11.72%

SFO
1 $ 838,248.00 $ 69,854.00 $ 740,280.00 $ 61,690.00 13.23%
2 $ 859,668.00 $ 71,639.00 $ 755,064.00 $ 62,922.00 13.85%
3 $ 881,736.00 $ 73,478.00 $ 770,184.00 $ 64,182.00 14.48%
4 $ 904,452.00 $ 75,371.00 $ 785,568.00 $ 65,464.00 15.13%
5 $ 927,864.00 $ 77,322.00 $ 801,264.00 $ 66,772.00 15.80%
6 $ 951,972.00 $ 79,331.00 $ 801,264.00 $ 66,772.00 18.81%

CAPT
1 $ 1,180,500.00 $ 98,375.00 $ 1,020,720.00 $ 85,060.00 15.65%
2 $ 1,201,620.00 $ 100,135.00 $ 1,041,156.00 $ 86,763.00 15.41%

Senior CAPT
1 $ 1,223,136.00 $ 101,928.00 $ 1,061,976.00 $ 88,498.00 15.18%
2 $ 1,245,096.00 $ 103,758.00 $ 1,083,192.00 $ 90,266.00 14.95%
3 $ 1,267,488.00 $ 105,624.00 $ 1,104,864.00 $ 92,072.00 14.72%
4 $ 1,290,336.00 $ 107,528.00 $ 1,126,932.00 $ 93,911.00 14.50%
5 $ 1,313,628.00 $ 109,469.00 $ 1,149,504.00 $ 95,792.00 14.28%
6 $ 1,337,400.00 $ 111,450.00 $ 1,172,508.00 $ 97,709.00 14.06%
7 $ 1,361,640.00 $ 113,470.00 $ 1,195,920.00 $ 99,660.00 13.86%
8 $ 1,386,360.00 $ 115,530.00 $ 1,219,848.00 $ 101,654.00 13.65%
9 $ 1,411,584.00 $ 117,632.00 $ 1,232,040.00 $ 102,670.00 14.57%
10 $ 1,437,324.00 $ 119,777.00 $ 1,244,364.00 $ 103,697.00 15.51%
11 $ 1,463,544.00 $ 121,962.00 $ 1,256,808.00 $ 104,734.00 16.45%
12 $ 1,490,316.00 $ 124,193.00 $ 1,269,360.00 $ 105,780.00 17.41%
13 $ 1,517,616.00 $ 126,468.00 $ 1,282,056.00 $ 106,838.00 18.37%
14 $ 1,545,456.00 $ 128,788.00 $ 1,282,056.00 20.55%
15 $ 1,573,872.00 $ 131,156.00 $ 1,282,056.00 22.76%
16 $ 1,602,828.00 $ 133,569.00 $ 1,282,056.00 25.02%
17 $ 1,632,384.00 $ 136,032.00 $ 1,282,056.00 27.33%
 

Pilottodd2

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HK dollars are pegged to US dollars at 7.8 to 1.

First year FO on the freighter line (with basing in the US) will make about $90k including per-diem and all the extra goodies.

Takes long time to get interview and usually 1 year from first interview to start. Interview itself is gruelling. Can u answer the following:

1. Which flaps are used to re-attach laminar air flow over the upper surface of the flap?

2. At what temperature does the ocean need to be in order for a typhoon to form?

3. On a 4-engine aircraft, which engine is the critical engine?

4. Why does thrust need to be set by 80 kts?

Good luck..

Great place to work, and lots of fun flying. I am hoping for an interview myself...Have u been offered an interview?
 

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[QUOTE=Pilottodd2]HK dollars are pegged to US dollars at 7.8 to 1.

First year FO on the freighter line (with basing in the US) will make about $90k including per-diem and all the extra goodies.


90 K USD for a First year Freight FO; who told you that?

I am not on the Freight side, but that seems to be about, roughly, 20 K on the inflated side. More like 70 K plus or mius 5.

Cheers,

On the upgrade issue, plan on 3 to 3.5 years as a Second Officer (1 Bar) before you hit Junior First Officer (2 Bars, and handling privs.).
 
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klhoard

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Pilottodd2 said:
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2. At what temperature does the ocean need to be in order for a typhoon to form?
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My first reaction was "What does this question have to do with the price of tea in China?". . . .
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But hey, we're talking about an airline based in China so I guess it's relevant. . .
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AA717driver

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The intense interview is a holdover from the Brits. You can't fly an airplane unless you can build it first.

Hey, it's their system and it works.TC
 

Pilottodd2

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the $90k US includes everything including per-diem and retirement, if you choose to invest yourself. Good friend works there. B744, ORD, until base closes.
 

pilotboy76

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Thanks everyone for the info! It will help a lot. Any idea on how long it is taking to hear back after the initial application submital? Thanks in advance,
GB
 

TheDonger

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Pilottodd2 said:
the $90k US includes everything including per-diem and retirement, if you choose to invest yourself. Good friend works there. B744, ORD, until base closes.
Pilottodd2, who said the ORD base is closing? Just curious.
 

Brown Cow

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Big Brown did!!!!

A little Asian carrier cannot compete with a $4,000,000,000 profit giant.
 

incubus

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so what's the catch at cathay? they pay you well. do you have to give up your first born or what?
 

nimtz

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Brown Cow said:
Big Brown did!!!!

A little Asian carrier cannot compete with a $4,000,000,000 profit giant.
You really are a tool fella.
 

Victor Meldrew

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Pilottodd2 said:
HK dollars are pegged to US dollars at 7.8 to 1.

First year FO on the freighter line (with basing in the US) will make about $90k including per-diem and all the extra goodies.

Takes long time to get interview and usually 1 year from first interview to start. Interview itself is gruelling. Can u answer the following:

1. Which flaps are used to re-attach laminar air flow over the upper surface of the flap?

2. At what temperature does the ocean need to be in order for a typhoon to form?

3. On a 4-engine aircraft, which engine is the critical engine?

4. Why does thrust need to be set by 80 kts?

Good luck..

Great place to work, and lots of fun flying. I am hoping for an interview myself...Have u been offered an interview?
Is that it? I was under the impression that the questions at CX were on the hard side! Geeze if you have ever done the JAA / UK licence this is all trivial stuff. What about working out your position from the phase difference of doppler shift from 3 stations - now thats a question!!
 

majordavid

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Can anyone tell me what the cockpit environment was like. I have heard that it could be a little "intense"
 

RP 04

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intense???
 

Bjammin

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Brown cow, did we need to go through this again?

As far as pay goes, 90K is about right. That's before taxes and includes the 15.5% retirement and all per-diem.

An intense cockpit environment is a bunch of hog wash. I would say some of the nicest people I have ever met are captains with this airline especially LAX based freight and PAX guys. Most very modest and fun. There are always going to be some guys that are up tight, but I have found that your attitude in and out of the cockpit plays a HUGE roll in how you are treated. This airline has been nothing but fair, generous, and very fun. My schedule is great, flying interesting, and training surpurb.
Negitives would be a little anti-North Americanism in Hong Kong, long training time away from home, spending alot of time in ANC (freight guys), and few takeoff's and landings (long haul guys).
If you can put up with those little issues, this is a great place to work.

Interview was a PITA, but some serious preperation and a good attitude will see you through it.
 

jws717

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Do they take American certificates or do i need to take all the JAA tests? I have the american COM and the ATP written since i am only a lowley RJ FO.
 
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