CommutAir names new CEO

CommutAir has appointed Subodh Karnik to President and CEO, effective immediately, the company said.

Karnik´s appointment follows the finalization, upon receiving regulatory approvals, of the previously announced agreement with United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) for the introduction of Embraer 50-seat jet aircraft at CommutAir.

Karnik´s involvement with the company began earlier this year when, in a consulting role, he advised CommutAir´s senior management team in 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, which involves intensive work between the company and its regulatory authorities, chiefly the DOT and the FAA.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.