Hong Kong's low-cost airlinekeen to recruit Malaysian pilots

Last update: 05/11/2019

SEPANG, Nov 5 -- Hong Kong-based low-cost carrier, HK Express, is aiming to tap into the local labour market by recruiting pilots from Malaysia as part of its regional strategy to manage fleet expansion and the growing demand for new destinations.

Human resources and administration director Stanley Yau said the airline found that Malaysia had a lot of fine pilots with diverse educational backgrounds and good language skills.

"Furthermore, the aircraft that we fly are Airbus A320, A320neo and A321, which the pilots here are familiar with,” he told a press conference here today at its three-day Cockpit Crew Recruitment Roadshow which started yesterday.

He said the airline received over 100 applications yesterday and aimed to recruit 18 pilots to fill positions such as non-type rated and A320-rated first officers and captains.

HK Express, a young airline that only began operations in 2013, was acquired by the Cathay Pacific group in July this year.

Yau said HK Express currently employed about 207 pilots and had a fleet size of 24 aircraft, flying on 26 routes across Asia-Pacific.

“We expect to experience rapid expansion in the next four to six years. The Hong Kong International Airport is already a large international travel hub in the world with its existing two runways.

“When the third runway starts operating in 2024, this will increase the capacity of the airport by 50 per cent,” he added.