China's Okay Airways has joined Boeing's
commercial Pilot Development Program (PDP).
Through the Pilot Development Program, Boeing works
with a network of flight schools around the globe to provide
airlines with comprehensive commercial training including
screening PDP cadets, managing student performance and correction,
and developing commercial pilot training courses and materials.
The comprehensive program includes ab-initio—pilot training from
zero-flight-hour experience through advanced flight training—and
is designed to develop cadets into 737 type-rated first officers.
"This strategic cooperation deepens our relationship with Boeing,
and allows us to lay a solid foundation for training and a steady
stream of talent," said Dr. Li Zonglin, CEO of Okay Airways. "The
Pilot Development Program offers pragmatic and effective training,
with continuous improvement of training quality."
vice president of Training & Professional Services, Boeing Global
Services, said, "The commercial aviation market is experiencing an
unprecedented demand for pilots, and we anticipate this to
continue for the next several years. We're committed to supporting
the full lifecycle of an aircraft, and through our training
business, we're helping to ensure that our airline customers have
pilots available to fly them."