Flannery to lead PSA as Houk announces retirement

PSA Airlines has announced that its president and chief executive officer, Keith Houk, is to retire after 25 years of service to the carrier and that he will be succeeded by Dion Flannery, most recently president of US Airways Express.

Flannery’s appointment as president of PSA will become effective on 31 August, after which Houk has agreed to continue to advise Flannery and the company on strategic matters through to the end of the year.

“Keith has played a tremendous role in the successes of PSA during his nine years leading the company,” said Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice-president–regional carriers for American Airlines. “American and PSA owe Keith our gratitude for his service. Dion is a well-qualified and experienced successor to continue the growth of the high-quality and cost-effective operation Keith has established at PSA.”

“My time at PSA has been the highlight of my more than 40-year career in aviation and I will certainly miss the daily interaction with everyone at this fine company when I retire,” remarked Houk. “With Dion’s strong leadership and knowledge of our business and the PSA team’s ability to run a top-notch regional airline, I know I will be leaving the company in capable hands to grow PSA well into the future.”

As president of US Airways Express, the regional network serving the legacy US Airways network, Flannery led initiatives designed to enhance coordination, efficiency and customer service levels across the Express partner operations. The US Airways Express network included more than 275 aircraft flown by eight regional carriers including PSA. His previous senior leadership experience includes serving as vice-president–financial analysis for US Airways; vice president–scheduling and route planning at America West Airlines and senior director–long-range schedule planning at Continental Airlines.

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