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Boeing expands Pilot Development Program

Mar 8, 2018 - 05:12 PM

Boeing announced that it has expanded its commercial Pilot Development Program to include the China-based airline OKAY Airways.

Through its pilot development program, Boeing provides flight schools all over the world with comprehensive commercial training including screening cadets, managing student performance, and developing course materials.

Trainees in the program go from having zero flight hours to becoming experienced, 737 type-rated officers.

“This strategic cooperation deepens our relationship with Boeing, and allows us to lay a solid foundation for training and a steady stream of talent," said OKAY Airways CEO Dr. Li Zonglin. "The Pilot Development Program offers pragmatic and effective training, with continuous improvement of training quality."

According to Keith Cooper, vice president of Boeing’s Training & Professional Services, the demand for commercial aviation pilots is higher than ever and is expected to stay that way for several years.

"We're committed to supporting the full lifecycle of an aircraft, and through our training business, we're helping to ensure that our airline customers have pilots available to fly them,” Cooper said.


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