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Application process

There are slight differences between the various airlines; in general the application process is running about the same way.


Civil Aviation Administration of China

Is the aviation authority responsible for China, responsible for civil aviation agreements with other aviation authorities.

Commuting contract

Is a contract with regular travel between one's place of residence and place of work. It sometimes refers to any regular or often repeated traveling between these locations, even when not work-related.

Different bases

  • Beijing
    the political, cultural and social center for China with a lot of important sights in a localized manner
  • Tianjin
    the ancient royal harbour for Beijing at the Bo Hai sea
  • ChongQing
    a port city in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. It is the famous 'mountain city' sharing border with 5 provinces.
  • KunMing
    is known as 'the City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate and flowers blooming all year long. With a history of more than 2,400 years, it was the gateway to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India.
  • Guangzhou
    Guangzhou (Canton), a prosperous metropolis full of vigor, is the capital city of Guangdong Province located along the south coastline of China.
  • Haikou and Sanya on the island of Hainan
    Located in the tropical area at the southern end of China, Hainan is warm all year round and has no winter. Besides, it boasts soft beaches and beautiful tropical scenery, which make it a famous holiday resort in China.

Different parts of the salary

  • Accommodation Allowance
    Assists the pilot to rent an apartment during his stay in China
  • Contract renewal payment
    some airlines offer this payment after finishing a contract period and signing a new contract
  • Salary
    will be paid monthly to a bank account nominated by the pilot. Some parts of the salary could be paid within China in RMB (Remimbi)
  • Safety bonus

Is a yearly paid reward for the pilot if he had no flight accident during the last 12 months. If there was any flight safety accident in the last 12-months period, the airline will have the right to decide whether pay the whole bonus or only a part of them based on Foreign Pilots Manual.

  • Travel allowance
    Assists the pilot to leave China for his Off days and come back again
  • Year End Bonus
    Is part of the salary and will be paid after finishing of a 12-month duty

Duty options

Different working modes Duty days in relation to off duty day

Pre check

Is a kind of short “check” to assist the pilots at the initial application. For this check we need only the following papers: detailed CV, copy of the pilot license, copy of the valid medical, copy of the valid passport

Renewal of licenses

The Chinese airline will only renew the Chinese documents (ATPL, Medical and Visa). The pilot is responsible for his own license by himself

Tax system

The salary of the individual pilot is always after tax and the pilot will get a tax certificate from his airline

Time for the application

The time from applying until flying as ready captain varies between the airlines and is between 1 and 5 months.


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