Virgin America Names Airline Industry Veteran As New Chief Operating Officer | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 07.25.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.25.14 **
** Airborne 07.23.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.23.14 **
** Airborne 07.21.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.21.14 **

Fri, Mar 22, 2013

Virgin America Names Airline Industry Veteran As New Chief Operating Officer

Steve Forte To Lead Airline's Flight Operations, Tech Ops, Safety and Airports Teams

Virgin America has appointed thirty-year aviation industry veteran Steve Forte as the Company's new Chief Operating Officer. Forte will be the California-based airlines first ever COO, with oversight of Flight Operations, the Operation Control Center, Aircraft Maintenance, Safety and Guest Services.

"We're extremely pleased to bring aboard someone with Steve's impressive depth of operational experience," said David Cush, Virgin America's President and Chief Executive Officer. "He brings both a wealth of technical skills and a breadth of aviation management experience that will further strengthen the operating excellence of Virgin America."

Forte spent most of his career at United Airlines, 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. As a senior executive at United Airlines, Forte played a critical role in leading the company through complex business events including United's financial restructuring. Since then, he has served as President and CEO of two aviation software companies, including one (Naverus Inc.) that was acquired by GE Aviation. 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. Prior to that, Forte was CEO of Naverus Inc., a global leader in performance-based navigation software. A former Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operations Council and the Air Transport Association (ATA) Operations Committee, Forte has worked closely with global airlines, manufacturers, and regulators on a variety of industry issues.

Forte holds both a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from the University of Arizona. He will report to Cush and be based at Virgin America's Burlingame, California headquarters. Forte's first day with the company will be April 8.

FMI: www.virginamerica.com

Advertisement

More News

Opening Day Is Just Moments Away

AirVenture Is Coming To Life At Wittman Regional Airport There was a high overcast over Wittman Regional Airport Saturday afternoon, and a breeze from west was threatening to bring>[...]

AOPA Exits EFB Market

Apps Will Transition To Outside Company AOPA is exiting the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, and the association’s existing products, the FlyQ EFB iPad application and rel>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.27.14)

"The AEA is thrilled to debut this year's Pilot's Guide to Avionics at AirVenture, and our staff looks forward to giving complimentary copies to all the pilots and aircraft owners >[...]

Polk County FL Sheriff Takes Delivery Of Second MD500E

New Helicopter To Increase Support, Safety And Effectiveness Of Law Enforcement Missions MD Helicopters held a ceremonial delivery of a new MD 500E helicopter for the Polk County, >[...]

New Edition Of AEA's Pilot's Guide To Avionics Available At Oshkosh

Free Distribution Begins At AirVenture Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2014-15 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics will be unveiled with free d>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC