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CommutAir appoints former Jet COO as president & CEO


subodh karnik, commutair
CommutAir new President and CEO, subodh karnik

CommutAir has appointed of former Jet Airways chief operating officer Subodh Karnik as its president and CEO, effective immediately.  Karnik’s appointment follows the finalization, upon receiving regulatory approvals, of the previously announced agreement with United Airlines for the introduction of Embraer 50-seat jet aircraft at CommutAir.

“Subodh has strikingly impressive qualifications for the job of leading our company into the new role which United has entrusted to us”, said CommutAir’s Chairman, John Sullivan.  “His career has spanned over thirty years of direct leadership responsibility in operations, finance, marketing and planning at some of the largest airlines in the world, including senior corporate officer positions at Delta, Continental and Northwest.

He has headed up global airline consulting at ICF-SH&E; one of the world’s leading aviation consulting firms and has been part of the consulting practice at Ernst & Young.  He was President and CEO of Global Aero Logistics, parent company of World Airways, North American Airlines and ATA.  The list continues to several turnaround projects, including Jet Airways (India), Air Pacific (Fiji) and Air Jamaica”.

Karnik’s involvement with the company began earlier this year when, in a consulting role, he advised CommutAir’s senior management team in the formation of a plan to apply for the new United contract.

In that capacity, he helped lay the groundwork for the now-approved project by working with the company and United to formulate the necessary “entry into service” plan for the new aircraft, which involves intensive work between the company and its regulatory authorities, chiefly the DOT and the FAA.  The incumbent senior management team is looking forward to working with him on this formidable new assignment.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s.  Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.  CommutAir’s 500+ employees are well known in the industry for fostering a family culture and friendly work environment.

Musafir Namah Bureau


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