• Joe Breitfeller

United States Air Force Extends Air Force One Pilot Training Contract With Atlas Air, Inc.

The United States Air Force (USAF) has exercised their option to continue pilot and flight engineer training for Air Force One With Atlas Air, Inc. Atlas has held the USAF contract since 2007 for training crews of the VC-25, a specially modified Boeing 747-200B.


Atlas Air Boeing 747 Freighter - Courtesy Atlas Air

Today (October 1, 2020), Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. announced that the Unites States Air Force has renewed its contract with the carrier for the training of pilots and flight engineers for Air Force One. The USAF’s VC-25s, two specially modified Boeing 747-200B aircraft, receive the designated call sign “Air Force One” when the President of the United States is onboard. Atlas Air has held the contract since 2007 and the extension will include ground and flight-simulator training at Atlas Air’s world-class training center in Miami, Florida. In Thursday’s announcement, Atlas Air Worldwide’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John Dietrich, said,


“We are honored to provide this vital training to the pilots and crews of Air Force One and the Presidential Airlift Group. Their exacting demands for safety, professionalism, efficiency and security make this contract extremely meaningful, and is a testament to the training provided by our highly experienced instructors. This contract extension is the result of our team’s unwavering commitment to safe and efficient operations.”


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW) operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 Freighters, offering service to 90 countries. The company provides up-to-date training for their highly experienced crews and supports the U.S. Department of Defense’s Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) cargo and passenger requirements. AAWW is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation services and is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc., Southern Air Holdings, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc. Atlas is also a majority stakeholder in Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. In addition to their fleet of Boeing 747s, Atlas offers customers the widest array of 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and global cargo and passenger services.


Source: Atlas Air Worldwide

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