SF Airlines

SF Airlines is a Chinese cargo airline owned by SF Express (Group) Co. The company is headquartered in the No.1 Freight Depot of the International Shipping Center of Bao'an International Airport in Bao'an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

Although a preparatory team for SF Airlines was founded in 2005, it wasn't until 2009 that the preparation was approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. A successful maiden flight was made on 31 December 2009.






In   service












Work Patterns


4 weeks on 2 weeks off

10 days off/month

Yearly Income

245,020 USD

223,060 USD

Monthly Income

≈18,180 USD   (calculated at exchange rate of 6.15)

≈16,350 USD

(calculated at exchange rate of 6.15)

Annual Leave

25 Days


Sick Leave

10 days per year with basic salary

Monthly Basic Salary




7320 USD

Contract Completion Bonus

29,400 USD




1,300 USD(reimbursement)

Per Diem

810 USD


1500 USD(paid in salary after tax) 

or 1630 USD for reimbursement



11,400 USD/Y (reimbursement)


570 USD(reimbursement)

Overtime Pay(>50H)

360 USD/H

Ticket Benefits



For pilot: 8,140 USD(reimbursement) 

Include: Allowance for Medical Insurance Loss of License Insurance   Life Insurance provided

For family’s medical insurance: 815 USD/person/year   up to 1630 USD/year  

Only for pilot: 8,140USD(reimbursement) Include: 

Allowance for Medical Insurance Loss of License Insurance

Life Insurance provided

Training Pay


8,600 USD


13,760 USD

Training length

TR: 3 months; NTR: 5 months

1.      Total Time over 3000 hours, Total PIC time over 500 hours

2.      Class 1 medical

3.      ICAO level 4 

4.      Date of last flight within last 6 months. 

5.      Age shall be under 54 if pilots have B737/757/767 type rating

6.      No criminal record

7.      Recommendation letter

Screening Items

Theirs 2 part of the entire screening.

Part 1 (First Trip to China) – Medical check, interview, ATPL written exam, Company SIM Check

Part 2 (Second Trip to China) – CAAC SIM Check


Screening Preparation

1 Visa, Tickets, Hotel

Our recruitment team will assist you with your visa application, tickets and hotel reservations after you pass qualification check. Tickets and hotel fees are cover by the airlines. Usually you need to first purchase a ticket and refund it from the airline after screening.

2 Simulator Assessment

When you pass qualification check, we’ll send you the SIM checklist and relevant profiles.

3 Medical check


Before you come to China, please keep a light diet and better to have some simple check for your organ. Medical tips will be sent to you together with SIM profiles.

FYI. The medical problems that most fail pilots in China are as below.

a. Kidney stone

b. High blood pressure

c. Arrhythmia of the heart

d. Fatty liver GPT ALT high

e. Glaucoma

f. Color blindness - cannot see the figures on the book under a fluorescent lamp

g. Obesity


ATPL Written Exam

During the qualification check, you can start using ATPL self-study materials which we provided. This exam is not that tough as long as you work hard on it.

Shenzhen is a major city in Guangdong Province, China and one of the five largest and wealthiest cities of China. The city is located immediately north of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and holds sub-provincial administrative status. Shenzhen was one of the fastest-growing cities in the world during the 1990s and the 2000s.

Shenzhen is a major financial center in southern China. The city is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. Shenzhen ranks 19th in the 2016 edition of the Global Financial Centers Index published by the Z/Yen Group and Qatar Financial Centre Authority. It also has one of the busiest container ports in the world.


Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport is located near Huangtian and Fuyong villages in Bao'an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 32 km (20 mi) northwest of the city center. It is a hub for Shenzhen Airlines and Shenzhen Donghai Airlines and for cargo airline SF Airlines, and a focus city for China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines. The airport also serves as an Asian-Pacific cargo hub for UPS Airlines.


It is one of the three largest airport hubs serving the Pearl River Delta urbanised area in southern China, alongside Hong Kong International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. The airport also has direct ferry routes to Hong Kong International Airport, where passengers can transit without going through immigration and custom checks, akin to transit between two flights.


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