New president & CEO at CommutAir

CommutAir has appointed Subodh Karnik as its new president and CEO, effective immediately.

His appointment follows the finalisation of the previously-announced agreement with United Airlines for the introduction of 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145s at CommutAir. Although this is still subject to regulatory approvals,

“Subodh has strikingly impressive qualifications for the job of leading our company into the new role which United has entrusted to us,” remarked CommutAir's chairman, John Sullivan. “His career has spanned over 30 years of direct leadership responsibility in operations, finance, marketing and planning at some of the largest airlines in the world, including senior corporate officer positions at Delta, Continental and Northwest. He has headed up global airline consulting at ICF-SH&E and been part of the consulting practice at Ernst & Young. He has also worked on several turnaround projects, including Jet Airways, Air Pacific and Air Jamaica.”

Karnik's involvement with CommutAir began when, in a consulting role, he advised CommutAir's senior management team on the formation of a plan to apply for the new United contract. In that capacity, he helped lay the groundwork for the now-approved project by working with the company and United to formulate the necessary “entry into service” plan for the new aircraft. This involved intensive work between the company and its regulatory authorities, chiefly the DOT and the FAA.

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