MIAMI (May 7, 2019) –Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., has partnered with Pan Am International Flight Academy in Miami, Florida to provide prospective pilots training at Pan Am International Flight Academy with a guaranteed career path to American Airlines.
The agreement signed at Pan Am’s headquarters in Miami, is part of an innovative strategy that will provide Piedmont a pipeline of highly qualified and trained pilots. Piedmont Airlines will offer tuition reimbursement and conditional employment to select certified flight instructors (CFIs). Once a CFI reaches the required Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, he or she will join Piedmont as a first officer and eventually, American Airlines.
The program provides a bonus for every 100 hours of flight time until CFIs reach the required ATP minimums.
“Our cadet program is a great opportunity for students who want to pursue a commercial flying career,” said Lyle Hogg, Piedmont President and CEO. “It allows them to gain valuable flying experience before coming to fly for Piedmont and then on to the world’s largest airlines. We’re excited to add Pan Am International Flight Academy to our list of partners.”
The demand for certified pilots is at an all-time high. Boeing’s 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook says aviation is looking at an “unprecedented” demand for 790,000 pilots over the next two decades and research firm Cowen & Company estimated that “more than 42% of active U.S. airline pilots at the biggest carriers will retire over the next 10 years, roughly 22,000 of them.”
“Pan Am International Flight Academy’s CFIs will have the opportunity to join a valued and respected US regional carrier through this agreement,” said Mark Johnson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Pan Am International Flight Academy. “This fills us with pride and solidifies our commitment to training the next generation of the world’s aviation professionals.”
For additional information, please visit www.piedmont-airlines.com/Careers/Career-Guides/Cadets or www.PanAmAcademy.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piedmont Airlines, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group (AAG).
Piedmont traces its roots to 1931 and a small company called Henson Flying Service, a fixed-base operator based in Hagerstown, Maryland. Today, Piedmont operates nearly 400 daily departures to 55+ cities throughout the eastern United States with a fleet of Embraer 145 regional jets. Piedmont’s award winning ground handling team works in nearly 80 airport locations from coast to coast.
Piedmont’s corporate headquarters is located in beautiful Salisbury, Maryland between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Piedmont employs more than 9,700 aviation professionals who share common goals of safety, excellence and superior customer service.
About Pan Am International Flight Academy
Pan Am International Flight Academy is a leader in aviation training and has more experience and more programs catering to the aviation service industry than any other training organization. In 2017, it trained over 5,000 aviation professionals. As the only surviving division of original Pan American World Airways, the Academy can trace its instruction heritage to the earliest days of airline flight training. With locations in Miami, Las Vegas, Tokyo & Europe, Pan Am is a legacy, dedicated to training aviation professionals one customer at a time.
Jacqueline Jennings Director of Corporate Communications, Piedmont Airlines
Pan Am International Flight Academy