Mesa Airlines, Inc. said that John Selvaggio has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Most recently serving as the company´s Vice President of Customer Service and Station Operations, Selvaggio joined Mesa in 2014 as Vice President of Business Development and Resource Planning and was later named Vice President of DFW Operations.
With more than 35 years of airline experience with American Airlines, US Airways and Delta Air Lines, in his new role, Selvaggio will oversee Flight Operations, Maintenance, and Customer Service functions for the airline, reporting to Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein. Mesa´s Inflight Services department will report to Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brian Gillman.
Before joining Mesa, Selvaggio´s career milestones include serving as Assistant Vice President of Strategic Planning for American Airlines, President and COO of Wings West (American Eagle), President, CEO and COO of Midway Airlines, and Vice President of US Airways Express for US Airways, Inc. He also served as Senior Vice President — Airport Customer Service for Delta Air Lines and President, CEO and COO of Delta´s innovative low-cost subsidiary, Song Airlines. From 2007 to 2009, he served as President and CEO of Delta-owned Comair.
Selvaggio holds Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fordham University and has served as a director for numerous professional organizations including the Regional Airline Association.
A multiple-time recipient of Air Transport World´s Regional Airline of the Year Award and ranked No. 1 Regional Airline three consecutive years by the DOT Air Travel Consumer Report, Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines operates as American Eagle from hubs in Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth and as United Express from Washington Dulles and Houston. Founded on a mesa in New Mexico in 1982 by Larry and Janie Risley, Mesa currently operates 120 aircraft, with more than 616 daily system departures to 105 cities, 37 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico.