JetBlue names vice president, JetBlue University

JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU), New York´s Hometown Airlineâ„¢, has announced the appointment of Steve Forte as the carrier´s new Vice President, JetBlue University, the company said.

Forte joins JetBlue to oversee the company´s award-winning training programs and facilities. He will be based in Orlando, Fla. and report to Rachel McCarthy, JetBlue´s Senior Vice President, Talent & Learning.

From locations in Orlando, New York and Salt Lake City, JetBlue University offers new hire and recurrent training for JetBlue´s airports, customer support (reservations), flight operations, inflight, system operations, and technical operations crewmembers, as well as pilot training services for a variety of other airlines around the world.

Forte most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations for Virgin America, responsible for day-to-day operations across the carrier´s growing network including airports, flight operations, technical operations, guest services, operations control center, regulatory affairs, and safety.

JetBlue is New York´s Hometown Airline®, and a carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 101 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information visit