United Airlines names new president

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) has named Scott Kirby president of United Airlines, the company said.

In this newly created role, Kirby will assume responsibility for United´s operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management. Kirby joins United from American Airlines, where he held the title of president since the merger of American and US Airways in 2013.

Kirby has a three-decade airline career with senior leadership roles at America West and US Airways, where he was named president in 2006. Kirby started his career at the Pentagon and in the technology sector.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers.