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Sad news today: one of the ‘greats’ of aviation has died. Herb Kelleher, founder of the low-cost carrier business – more specifically Southwest Airlines – was the Fred Smith of cheap travel.Herb Kelleher, New Jersey born and bred, received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan and...
United Airlines (UAL) today announced Pam Hendry has been named vice president and treasurer. Hendry will be responsible for Corporate Finance, Treasury Operations and Risk Management.Hendry is a senior aviation finance executive who has an extensive background in cost-effectively financing aircraft. She spent...
Each year, members from KAAMCO’s Cargo Committee Board (an association of station managers of all scheduled airlines operating into and out of JFK International Airport) get together to nominate employees within the industry for its Person of the Year award, which highlights the relentless efforts of one individual. The...
A New York City man who served as an aircraft technician with the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen has died at 100 years of age. He was one of the first black aviators in the military who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
Dr. Michael Kerkloh, who has served as the President and CEO of Munich Airport (FMG) for over 17 years, will retire at the end of 2019. Dr. Kerkloh, who took office in 2002, celebrated his 65th birthday in June 2018. Over his airport management career, Kerkloh came to be seen as...
JetBlue today announced the appointment of Edward Baklor as the carrier’s new Vice President, Inflight Experience. He will join JetBlue effective January 2019 and lead the carrier’s 5,000 award-winning inflight crewmembers.Baklor comes to JetBlue from LaGuardia Gateway Partners where he served as Chief Commercial Officer responsible for leading the...
Atlas Air Worldwide announced today that Debora Coffey has been appointed Vice President and Chief Communications Officer.Ms. Coffey will lead an integrated communications function to advance Atlas Air Worldwide’s brand reputation among its key stakeholders. In this newly created role, Ms. Coffey...
Air Italy is pleased to announce that Valentina Quagliata has been appointed as Senior Vice President Network, Planning and Strategy to oversee Air Italy’s strategic network development and will be joining shortly.Ms Quagliata, who has been an aviation professional for 20 years, has held a series of varied and...
project44 (p44) recently announced the appointment of two crucial hires who will take on prominent leadership roles for the transportation and logistics technology provider. Michael Bruns, Chief Financial Officer, and Will Hansmann, Chief Technology Officer, join one of Chicago’s fastest-growing technology companies as it seeks to build a world-class...
project44, the leader in advanced visibility for shippers and third-party logistics firms, recently announced the appointment of two crucial hires who will take on prominent leadership roles for the transportation and logistics technology provider.Michael Bruns, Chief Financial Officer, and Will Hansmann, Chief Technology Officer, join one of Chicago’s fastest-growing...