Indiana-based Republic Airways has announced the Indianapolis Business Journal and TechPoint have recognized Nirav Shah, Vice President of Information Technology at Republic, as one of the top CTOs in the Indianapolis area, the company said.
Shah, who joined Republic in December of 2017, has spearheaded rapid changes at the airline through digital transformations around data analytics, business continuity and disaster recovery programs as well as the technology supporting the launch of the airline´s flight school Leadership in Flight Training (LIFT) Academy. LIFT Academy is a tech-forward pilot training environment. Shah and his team were major players in creating the LIFT Lab, a mobile virtual reality flight experience that gives users the sensation of flying. The LIFT Lab was created last July and has been a highlight at more than 150 events ranging from airshows to Dell Technologies World. Republic Airways operates a fleet of nearly 200 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with about 1,000 daily flights to 100 cities in 40 US states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs more than 6,000 aviation professionals.