The content on Breitflyte Airline News Network will always be free and won’t require a subscription.  Breitflyte.com is a participant in several affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to affiliated sites.  We may earn a commission if you click on or make a purchase through one of our links.  Thank you for supporting our affiliate advertisers. 

Updated June 27, 2022

  • Joe Breitfeller

Atlas Air Names Embry-Riddle as First School to Join Their Pathway to Success Program for Pilots

Atlas Air announced today the launch of their Pathway to Success Program for pilots, with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University becoming the first school to join the program. As part of the partnership, Atlas will recruit, train and hire qualified graduates.


Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 Freighter, Registration N409MC – Courtesy Atlas Air Worldwide

On Thursday (May 19, 2022), Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide, announced the launch of their ‘Pathway to Success Program’ for pilots, with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University becoming the first school to join the program. Under the partnership, Atlas Air will recruit, train and hire qualified graduates of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida Aeronautical Science degree program. The program is designed to place highly-trained aviators into professional positions. First Officer trainees in Atlas Air’s Pathway to Success program enjoy benefits such as a monthly stipend, medical benefits, required courses and check rides.


In Thursday’s announcment, Atlas Air Worldwide’s Chief Executive Officer, John W. Dietrich, said,


“We are excited to partner with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a leader in aviation education, through our Pathway to Success program for pilots. Atlas Air will further enhance our stellar workforce by recruiting highly qualified pilots directly from Embry-Riddle. Those students will have first access to join our talented team at Atlas Air and fly our formidable fleet around the world on behalf of our highly diversified customers.”


Also commenting on the new collaboration, Embry-Riddle’s Dean of the College of Aviation at the Daytona Beach campus, Dr. Alan Stolzer, said,


“A key goal at Embry-Riddle is to help graduates secure meaningful, well-paying jobs. We also strive to support the industry by preparing skilled aviators who are exceptional decision makers. Embry-Riddle’s agreement with Atlas Air is well aligned with both of those objectives. It is a win-win for our graduates and for the aviation industry.”


Ken Byrnes, Chair of the Flight Department at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, added,


“The new agreement with Atlas Air will provide students with an exciting opportunity to work for a literal giant in the aviation industry. Because Atlas Air operates a large Boeing fleet, including 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft, students who are hired by the company will have opportunities to fly cargo as well as passenger missions, both domestically and internationally.”


Program Criteria for Atlas Air's Pathway to Success Program for Pilots - Courtesy Atlas Air Worldwide

Additional program requirements include a video introduction and letter of recommendation. For complete details and to determine eligibility, Embry-Riddle students should contact Lauren Burmester in Career Services at lauren.burmester@erau.edu.


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: Atlas Air Worldwide