Alaska Air Group, Inc., parent company of Alaska Airlines, has named two senior leaders who will be responsible for guiding the planned Virgin America subsidiary upon the close of the transaction, expected early in the fourth quarter this year, the company said.
Peter Hunt, currently Virgin America senior vice president and chief financial officer, will serve as president of Alaska Air Group´s Virgin America subsidiary until the airlines obtain a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is expected in early 2018.
In addition to his role as chief operating officer and president of Alaska Airlines, Ben Minicucci will serve as chief executive officer of Virgin America upon the close of the acquisition. He will be responsible for leading all aspects of the airline´s operations until the FAA grants Alaska a single operating certificate.
Earlier this year, Alaska and Virgin America agreed to combine to create an expanded West Coast presence, a larger customer base and an enhanced platform for growth.
Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 32 million customers a year to more than 110 cities with an average of 970 daily flights throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.