With airlines worldwide projected to need 790,000 new pilots between now and 2037, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has teamed up with Korean Airlines to provide a new career pathway program for aspiring aviators.

Embry-Riddle currently participates in a number of pilot career pathway programs with industry partners, but the Korean Airlines initiative is the university’s first-ever such agreement with an international airline.

“The global pilot shortage is projected to be most acute in the Asia-Pacific region, where 261,000 new pilots will be needed over the next two decades,” said Dr. Alan Stolzer, dean of the College of Aviation on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida, campus. “Our partnership with Korean Airlines will allow us to help fill that gap by producing up to 40 highly qualified new pilots per year.”

Dr. Timothy Holt, dean of the College of Aviation on Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Arizona, campus, noted that the Korean Airlines agreement will improve training not only for future Korean pilots, but for all other student-pilots enrolled at the university. “Under this new partnership, flight students selected by Korean Airlines will receive motivation and mentorship in completing their training with Embry-Riddle. Before returning to Korea to work, they will be required to provide flight instruction for Embry-Riddle flight students, thereby gaining even more experience.”