Posted on: 01 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
In-flight broadband provider, Row 44, has announced the appointment of longtime Southwest Airlines operations-technology professional and innovator, Doug Murri.
Murri, an influential member of such airline industry committees as the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC), the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), spent 16 years with Southwest. During this time with the airline he designed, led and implemented several key business-system and technology initiatives.
The recipient of Southwest’s 2005 President’s Award, Murri led the airline’s implementation for mission critical aircraft messaging (ACARS), including both airborne and ground systems. He designed and deployed Southwest’s first remote server infrastructure at airport locations and was also instrumental in developing and implementing Southwest’s Onboard Performance Computer, an early electronic flight bag (EFB).
“In his technology role at Southwest, Doug Murri helped spearhead integrating Row 44’s in-flight broadband system into Southwest’s planes, so he has seen our system from the viewpoint of one of the world’s most successful airlines. We’ve been working with Doug for years, and he will fit in seamlessly with the Row 44 team.” saidCOO/CFO of Row 44, John LaValle.
Murri commented, “As I worked with the Row 44 team from within Southwest on the passenger Wi-Fi initiative, I became convinced that this company’s in-flight broadband platform is the most innovative and robust on the market. I am eager to help push Row 44’s technology into new uses for our airline customers around the world.”