Cathay Pacific pilot Bruce Schoettler, 42, was promoted on May 16 last year, receiving a letter from the company saying it had reviewed his files, upgraded him to relief commander and urged him to work towards becoming a captain. But less than two months later he received a courier-delivered letter terminating his contract without any reason. At the time Cathay said publicly that it had reviewed pilots' files and sacked those in whom it had 'lost confidence'. The father-of-two, who handles member welfare for the union, is one of 21 pilots in Hong Kong who are alleging in the High Court that they were illegally sacked because of their union status - something the company denies. He is still living in Discovery Bay and hoping Cathay will allow him to return to work. 'We feel, deep down, that Cathay is a great airline,' he said. If he secured a job elsewhere he would have to effectively start his career over again because of airlines' seniority-based promotion systems. In the meantime, Mr Schoettler and his family are cutting costs and surviving with financial help from the union and income from his wife. He insists he is prepared to carry on fighting for his job for as long as it takes.