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WestJet CEO Set to Retire at End of 2021 After Decades in Industry

WestJet announced on Wednesday that President and CEO Ed Sims is expected to retire at the end of this year after being with the airline and holding the position for four years. Sims will continue in a senior advisory role with Onex Partners, focusing on aerospace and aviation. With Sims at the reins, the airline managed to maintain its status of being Canada’s second-largest carrier while expanding its route network both domestically and internationally. The carrier also joined the group…

Interview: Hawaiian CEO Talks Austin, Future U.S. Growth

After a year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic which crippled leisure and business demand as a result of border closures, a wide-body commercial jet was finally seen landing in Austin in late April. Interestingly, the wide-body jet spotted at the airport wasn’t sporting the typical Union Jack tail or…

Avianca Holdings S.A. Announces Adrian Neuhauser as President and CEO

Avianca Holdings S.A. reported in a press release that Adrian Neuhauser was appointed President and CEO of the carrier last April 28, effective immediately. Neuhauser succeeds Anko van der Werff, who resigned on the same day from his position in the Colombian airline, to assume a new position as CEO…

Interview: Avelo Airlines CEO Andrew Levy On the U.S.’s Newest…

On Thursday morning, Avelo Airlines — a new low-cost U.S. airline based in Houston — announced it had begun selling tickets for its first flights: 11 routes to as many cities in the Western U.S. operating from Hollywood Burbank Airport just north of Los Angeles. The airline is headed by…

‘This is the worst it’s ever been:’ An Interview with…

Airline industry tycoon Bob Crandall is no stranger to the peaks and pitfalls of the airline industry. As the former president and chairman of American Airlines from 1985 to 1998, Crandall is known for his unique cost-cutting strategies and outspokenness when it comes to investing in airlines. Long since retired,…

Greek Airlines Embrace New Jets and Domestic Competition

Following a blockbuster year of aircraft deliveries in 2019, 2020 was positioned to be a record-shattering year for Airbus. As with most other aviation-related businesses, the year has not gone as projected. The aircraft manufacturer has delivered 341 jets as of Nov. 15, down 40% from the same period last…

Eastern CEO Details Strategy After Purchasing Additional 777s

Eastern Airlines made headlines in June when it became the only U.S. non-legacy commercial airline to add a passenger Boeing 777 to its fleet. As N771KW, the airline’s first 777, completes its final conformity checks this week, Eastern is already committed to expanding the fleet type with the recent acquisition…

Time to Rebuild: Embraer Commercial Aviation Appoints New CEO

In the aftermath of the failed joint venture with Boeing, the industry was expecting management moves within Embraer Commercial Aviation. One of these steps finally arrived Monday when the Brazilian builder announced that Arjan Meijer is appointed as the division's new CEO, effective immediately, reporting to Francisco Gomes Neto, Embraer…

Interview: Eastern CEO Talks 777 and Strategy as Traffic Picks…

Despite diminished demand, shrinking fleets and network cuts affecting airlines around the world as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis, Eastern Airlines made headlines earlier this month as it acquired its largest aircraft yet and applied to serve its first regularly scheduled domestic flight. It’s important to distinguish which…

New United CEO Focuses on Push Towards Recovery

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has officially stepped down from his post at the airline. He will be replaced by Scott Kirby. Kirby, an industry veteran, is widely considered well equipped to lead United through the Coronavirus crisis, the worst in the airline’s history. In stepping down, Munoz will become…