CommutAir names managing director of materials and sourcing

CommutAir has appointed Robert L. Rinne as Managing Director of Materials and Sourcing to be based in Albany, New York, the company said.

Rob will oversee CommutAir´s supply chain management organization- including purchasing, rotable repairs, inventory control and planning, component reliability, and vendor contracts. “Rob´s vast experience at high-growth companies and his experience with developing organizations and implementing processes and systems will be invaluable to CommutAir as we grow and add bases and facilities,” said Lon Ziegler, CommutAir´s Vice President of Maintenance.

Rob comes to CommutAir after seven years at Allegiant Air where he was Director of Technical Procurement and Contracts, responsible for Maintenance, Flight Ops, In-Flight, and IT procurement. Rob holds a Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and is a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M). “I joined CommutAir because I saw an exciting opportunity to build a first-class materials organization at a fast-growing airline,” said Rinne.

Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc. CommutAir operates 900+ weekly flights to 30+ destinations, using Bombardier Dash-8 Q200 and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles. CommutAir´s 800+ employees are well-known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.