State of the Airlines

Friday, September 29, 2006

US Airways Names New President

US Airways has tapped their executive VP Sales and Marketing, J. Scott Kirby, as their new President. As president he get keep handling pricing, scheduling/planning, marketing, alliances, distribution, reservations and information technologies. He pick ups some new responsibilities like airport customer service, finance and labor relations. Screeeeech....Wha? Labor relations? Kirby, did they tell you that before you took the job? Seriously, is there a happy union at US Airways right now?

I key on that point because Mr. Kirby comes from the America West side of the merger. Pilot negotiations at the new US Airways are rather contentious due to pay differences between the two pilots unions. The America West pilots make more. Good luck to you Mr. Kirby.

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