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  • Joe Breitfeller

Atlas Air Awarded Air Force One Pilot Training Agreement Extension From U.S. Air Force

Atlas Air has been awarded an extension from the U.S. Air Force for the training of pilots and flight engineers for Air Force One. Under the five year extension, crews for the USAF’s VC-25 aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-200, will receive training at Atlas Air's training center in Miami.


Personnel on Air Force One depart Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017, after President of the United States Donald J. Trump’s first visit Japan. Trump was in Japan for three days as part of a 12 day tour of the Indo-Asia Pacific region. – Photo Credit: Yasuo Osakabe/U.S. Air Force

On Monday (November 7, 2022), Atlas Air Worldwide announced that the United States Air Force (USAF) has extended their contract for the training of Air Force One pilots and flight engineers for an additional five years. Under the contract extension, which Atlas Air has held since 2007, crews for the USAF’s VC-25, a modified Boeing 747-200, will receive ground and flight simulator training at Atlas Air’s world-class training center in Miami, Florida. The term ‘Air Force One’ is the designated call sign of the aircraft when the U.S. President is onboard, and consists of two specially configured Boeing 747-200B aircraft.


In Monday’s announcement, Atlas Air Worldwide’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John Dietrich, said,


“It is an honor to continue to provide this critical training to the pilots and crews of Air Force One and the Presidential Airlift Group. Atlas Air’s partnership with the USAF is a source of tremendous pride for all of us. We are privileged to be entrusted to meet the high standards for safety, professionalism, efficiency and security that this contract demands.”


Purchase, New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW) is a leading global provider of third-party aircraft and aviation operating services. Company subsidiaries include Atlas Air, Southern Air Holdings and Titan Aviation Holdings. Additionally, the company owns a majority stake in Polar Air Cargo Worldwide. Together, the Atlas Air family of companies operate the world’s largest Boeing 747 Freighter fleet. The company also offers their customers a wide selection of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.



Source(s): Atlas Air Worldwide, USAF