APC, Excel Aviation, and HK Express Forge Strategic Partnership for Pilot Recruitment

APC, Excel Aviation, and HK Express Forge Strategic Partnership for Pilot Recruitment

APC HK Express Announcement

Dublin, 18th Jan

Forging Alliances for Aviation Excellence

The Airline Pilot Club (APC), a leading company in airline pilot development and recruitment, in conjunction with Excel Aviation, specialists in sourcing aviation personnel, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership with HK Express Airways (HK Express), the only low-cost carrier based in Hong Kong. 

Strategic Partnership: APC, Excel Aviation and HK Express

This partnership represents a significant step for both APC and HK Express as they join forces to utilise their collective strengths in a bid to boost HK Express’ brand awareness among the pilot community globally and to provide additional avenues to access top-tier talent, thereby enriching the talent pool. Through this partnership, APC will extend its expertise and innovative recruitment solutions to HK Express to enhance the effectiveness of the pilot selection process.

Innovative Collaboration for Pilot Recruitment and Development

Key initiatives of the partnership include:

  • APC’s commitment to assisting HK Express in the recruitment and selection of a wide spectrum of pilots, including but not limited to First Officers (Non-Type Rated), First Officers (A320 Rated), Captains (Non-Type Rated), Captains (A320 Rated). 
  • Utilisation of APC’s Airline-Ready Pilot Pool, an advanced platform that connects airlines with a diverse and skilled pilot workforce.
  • Integration of APC’s revered capabilities in pilot assessment, training, and selection to complement HK Express’s commitment to operational excellence and safety.
  • Capitalising on the synergy between APC’s pilot training experience and Excel Aviation’s extensive background in airline pilot recruitment, creating a powerful combination that will serve to identify and recruit the calibers for cost-effective airline operations like HK Express.

“This partnership with Excel Aviation and HK Express represents a significant milestone for APC,” said Andy O’Shea, APC CEO. “Our goal has always been to bridge the gap between quality pilot training and airline requirements. Collaborating with HK Express allows us to contribute directly to the growth of a respected airline while providing pilots with exceptional career opportunities.”

Captain Len Buechi, Director, Flight Operations of HK Express stated, “We are excited to partner with APC and Excel Aviation. Their reputation and approach to pilot development, assessment and selection closely align with our vision for operational excellence and safety. This collaboration strategically enhances our recruitment process and supports building a robust pipeline of highly proficient pilots as we continue expanding.”

About The Airline Pilot Club (APC):

APC is renowned for its role in high-quality airline pilot development, offering comprehensive solutions that encompass pilot recruitment, training, and ongoing professional development. APC’s integrated approach and global presence make it a valuable platform for aspiring pilots and airlines alike.

About Excel Aviation:

Excel Aviation was established in 2011 by Declan Dooney (former head of pilot recruitment at Ryanair) and has been sourcing and employing personnel for a wide range of aviation business since that date. Having been CEO of Simtech Aviation (an aircraft simulator training company) and former head of recruitment at Lauda Air (Ryanair Group) Declan will bring a wealth of experience to this partnership.

About HK Express:

Hong Kong’s low-cost carrier HK Express has become a leader in the Hong Kong aviation industry by concentrating on best-in-class on-time performance and safety while revolutionising air travel throughout the Asia market. The airline has a “7-star safety rating” – the highest ranking possible, as well as recognition from airlineratings.com, an independent, industry-respected research group, for being one of the world’s 10 safest low-cost carriers. It has also been awarded the “Caring Company Logo” by The Hong Kong Council of Social Services. A member of the Cathay Group, HK Express has flown over 22 million customers since converting to an LCC – a major achievement that attests to the popularity of the airline.

For more information, please contact:

The Airline Pilot Club: Roisin O’Shea – roisin@theairlinepilotclub.com / www.airlinepilotclub.com

Excel Aviation: Declan Dooney – Declan Dooney declan@excelaviation.ie 

HK Express: Talent Acquisition- recruitment@hkexpress.com  

You can also visit this page to express your interest and learn more about these opportunities. 

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