ATP Flight School To Add 40 Cessna 172s To Growing Fleet

Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Credit: Textron Aviation

ATP Flight School has placed an order with Textron Aviation for 40 single-engine, four-seat Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft, with deliveries to begin in 2026.

The agreement is ATP’s fourth fleet purchase, totaling 135 Cessna 172s, for its Airline Career Pilot Program in just over a year, the company says.

The addition will bring ATP’s Skyhawk fleet to nearly 225 aircraft. The aircraft are deployed at 85 training centers across the U.S. The flight school is expanding with a goal to train 20,000 airline pilots by 2030, it says.

“With already one of the youngest, most modern fleets at scale, the firm orders for 135 Skyhawks are for direct fleet growth, not replacement,” says Michael Arnold, the school’s vice president of marketing. “ATP will be expanding its Cessna fleet by 60% and delivering over 40 new state-of-art planes to ATP students each year through 2026.”

Its fleet expansion has been paired with investment in ATP’s flight operations center based in Florida, it says.

Molly McMillin

Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.