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Willie Lam
Captain, Cathay Dragon

“I remember making an announcement to the passengers encouraging them to share in the moment.”

“I studied in Toronto when I was young and went on a lot of road trips with my friends. Each time we would go for about 10 days, with each of us taking turns to drive, calculating how long we would drive and how many stops we should make. I loved the challenges we faced and our team spirit. It’s similar to my duties as a captain, so in a way it all started there. I became a pilot in 2007 under the influence and inspiration of my older brother. He’s a captain with Cathay Pacific and the stories he used to tell made me curious about the possibility of following the same path. I can still remember the first time I flew my own plane. It was a solo trip over Australia and it felt like I was on cloud nine. With many more years of experience, safety and scheduling have become my main priorities. Passengers will always appreciate the performance of a captain if the plane is flown steadily and handled well. It’s a challenge, but that’s what gets me up in the morning. Besides, the views from the cockpit are still mesmerising – especially of Hong Kong. One night after it had been raining heavily the sky suddenly cleared and Victoria harbour appeared in front of me. It’s hard to describe the way I felt but I remember making an announcement to the passengers encouraging them to share in the moment. It was a beautiful experience, but more importantly it meant I was home.”



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