The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA) was first registered as a Trade Union in 1963 to represent Pilots and Flight Engineers employed by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.  Our constructive engagement with the Company continues to deliver beneficial agreement on issues of importance to all Cathay Pacific Pilots. 

Currently, we have over 2100 members who are based in Hong Kong and New Zealand.  

PRESS RELEASE 24 July 2015, Hong Kong SAR


Action against Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has recently been brought in France by a Public Prosecutor on charges of concealed work, and subcontracting and loan of workforce.

These charges concern the employment of nearly forty pilots (the majority of whom are HKAOA Members) who were permanently employed in France when Cathay Pacific suddenly decided to close its Charles de Gaulle operating base in August 2012. Hearings on these charges have been scheduled in Criminal Court in October 2015 and January 2016.

A number of additional claims have also been filed against Cathay Pacific in Civil Courts.

As far as HKAOA and its Members are concerned, the purpose of these procedures is merely to obtain the payment of the pension contributions that are compulsory under the French system and compensation for their forced relocation to Hong Kong.

Based on the written requisitions of the Public Prosecutor, HKAOA is aware of the financial and other risks incurred by Cathay Pacific, concerning in particular its activities and reputation.

HKAOA has absolutely no intention of inflicting any damage or creating any difficulties to Cathay Pacific; its sole objective is to safeguard the interests and rights of its Members by obtaining compensation for the damages incurred by its Members while employed in France.

HKAOA understands that the senior managers who decided to close the Charles de Gaulle base and to reject earlier mediation attempts have now left the Company. Our organisation sincerely hopes that Cathay Pacific's recently appointed managers will review the case objectively so that a renewed dialogue on the adequate compensation of its Members can be initiated and further procedures avoided.

HKAOA firmly believes in the value of shared information and continued discussion with Cathay Pacific to the benefit and advancement of its Members’ interests and also for the best interests of the Company's reputation and development of its activities.

Media contact:

Chris Beebe, HKAOA General Secretary 

Press Release 06 February 2015

06 February 2015 - Hong Kong SAR -The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA) representing over 2,000 pilots at Cathay Pacific Airways has advised their members based in the United Kingdom and Germany that they are free to engage in contract compliance over a unilateral change in working conditions by management. This has been accomplished through strict adherence to the relevant labor laws.

The union’s Hong Kong based pilots have been engaged in contract compliance since November over pay.

The hope is that the actions in the UK and Germany actions will encourage management to return to the bargaining table to resolve the dispute. The union contends that Cathay Pacific unilaterally changed a long standing, pre-existing agreement regarding the ability of pilots to serve as reserve crew outside their home base.

The HKAOA members based in the UK and Germany voted to approve this action which was endorsed by the union leadership. This was the first time since the union was formed in 1963 that a vote for industrial action was taken in a locale with labour laws that reflect a more traditional philosophy on the rights of workers, where employees undertaking industrial action, including strike action, are afforded protection from dismissal.

The HKAOA members based in the UK and Germany were given the option of voting for Industrial Action short of a strike, and were given a further option of Industrial Action including a strike. The union leadership did not favour the strike option, however in Germany the level of discontent was such that a strike was only averted by a handful of votes.

Media Contact:
Chris Beebe, HKAOA General Secretary

Press Release 03 December 2014

Contract Compliance by Cathay Pacific Pilots’ Union

03 December, Hong Kong SAR -The General Committee of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA) has elected to direct their members to perform their duties according to the conditions of their contract and in strict compliance with all applicable Laws and Regulations. This action was taken after the union was unable to reach agreement with management on pay.  Effective 04 December 2014, the pilot members, who are based in Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States, will be instructed to perform their assigned duties in strict conformance with their existing conditions of service.

“It is unfortunate that a year of negotiations has brought us to this point”, said Chris Beebe, General Secretary of the HKAOA. “The HKAOA looks forward to resuming talks with management for a fairer, more equitable agreement on pay” he said.

The pilot membership of the HKAOA authorised the General Committee to take this step by a 92% approval vote. The HKAOA represents over 2,000 Cathay Pacific pilots.

Media contact:

Chris Beebe, HKAOA General Secretary


香港航空機組人員協會(Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association)理事會決定啟動按章工作,呼籲會員嚴格根據合約條件執行職務及嚴格遵守一切所適用的法律及條例。此行動是因應工會與公司未能就工資達成協議所引致的。從2014年12月4日起,以香港、紐西蘭及美國為基地的機師,將會按指示以嚴格跟隨合約條款的方式執行職務。

本會秘書長Mr. Chris Beebe表示:這實在是不幸,經過一年的談判竟然行到此一步!工會仍然期望與管理層恢復談判,以達致一個公正、公正的加薪協議。


傳媒聯絡:秘書長Mr. Chris Beebe  ( )



AOA Group

HKAOA is one of two trade unions in the AOA Group representing the pilots of Cathay Pacific.  Australia AOA represents pilots based in Australia.


To liaise with the Company and other institutions on behalf of the Membership. To strive for the enhancement of life for Aircrew to the mutual benefit of Members and Cathay Pacific Airways.

The main Objectives of the Association are:
  • To Protect and further the interests of the Aircrew Profession and to safeguard and improve the interests and rights of Members of the Association.
  • To take any lawful action deemed desirable for the benefit and advancement of Members and their families.
  • To take any lawful action deemed desirable to further the interests of Aviation.
  • To regulate the relations between Members and their employers.
  • To secure unity of action, in order to protect and further the interests of Members.