Flight School Orders 55 Aircraft to Grow Fleet to 545 Aircraft – Equivalent to 5th Largest Airline in the US

17th Oct 2022

US based ATP Flight School, the largest Flight School in the world has announced it has ordered another 55 Cessna Skyhawks. “With 55 new aircraft on the way ATP Flight School will have a fleet of 545 aircraft, equivalent to a ranking of the 5th largest airline in the United States, and the 7th largest airline in the world. This is why 1,180 graduates from ATP have been hired by the airlines in just the last 12-months.” stated J. Shane Kelley, Director of Operations ATP Jets. See the official press release below.

Textron Aviation announced an agreement with ATP Flight School for the purchase of 55 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft. The piston aircraft will add to ATP’s existing fleet of nearly 200 Skyhawks, across 74 training centers nationwide.

The Cessna Skyhawk is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company.

This order announcement demonstrates our continued long-term relationship we have with ATP in support of their flight training needs,” said Chris Crow, Vice President, Textron Aviation Piston Sales. “For more than six decades, the legendary Cessna Skyhawk has been one of the world’s top training aircraft. We are thrilled to see these aircraft utilized to inspire the next generation of professional pilots.

Deliveries of the 55 aircraft will begin in late 2023 and continue throughout 2024.

The new Skyhawks will be utilized by students in ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program, as they train on the most efficient path towards becoming airline pilots amid unprecedented demand for airline pilots. The stable flight characteristics, advanced avionics, and proven dispatch reliability of the Cessna Skyhawk make it a dependable training platform for ATP, who flies over 40,000 flight hours per month.

ATP takes pride in providing Airline Career Pilot Program students with one of the newest, most advanced safety-focused training fleets,” said ATP Flight School Director of Marketing, Michael Arnold. “The Skyhawk has proven to be an integral part of ATP’s fleet of 490 aircraft, which system wide delivers 480,000 flight hours and nearly 9,000 pilot certificates issued annually. The new order with Textron will be essential in continuing to provide students with the fastest path to gain certification and start their careers as airline pilots.

Source: ATP Press Release

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