Forte named COO of Virgin America
Mar 21, 2013 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) --
California-based low-cost carrier Virgin America said it has appointed Steve Forte as the company's new chief operating officer.
He will be the carrier's first ever COO, with oversight of flight operations, Virgin America's operation control centre, aircraft maintenance, safety and guest services.
Forte spent most of his career at United Airlines (NYSE: UAL), starting as a pilot, progressing through the ranks of flight operations management and ultimately serving as SVP-flight operations and director of operations, a position he held from 1999 to 2006.
Since then, he has served as president and CEO of two aviation software companies, including one (Naverus Inc.) that was acquired by GE Aviation (NYSE: GE).
He has accumulated more than 14,000 flight hours in dozens of aircraft types, and is qualified on the Airbus A320, the family of aircraft operated by Virgin America.
Most recently Forte was chief executive officer of iJet Onboard, a privately-held provider of platform-based aviation software services.
Find out more at www.virginamerica.com
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