Horizon Air names new vice president of maintenance and engineering

Horizon Air´s board of directors has elected George Knobloch as vice president of maintenance and engineering, the company said.

In his new role, Knobloch will oversee maintenance and engineering operations at the airlines´ six maintenance facilities and a team of more than 400 employees. Knobloch will be based in Portland, Horizon Air´s maintenance and engineering hub.

Knobloch joined Alaska Air Group in 2002 as the manager of line operations for Alaska Airlines in Seattle. Since joining the Air Group, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including director of maintenance operations and outstations, with responsibility for Alaska Airlines´ staffed stations; maintenance control; technical training; and contract maintenance providers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 39 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide.