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¦ Mesa Air Group Inc. announced changes to its senior management team. Jorn Bates has been appointed chief operating officer, Mesa Airlines. Bates joined Mesa Air Group in January 2007 as vice president east coast operations and later as president Freedom Airlines. Joe Serratelli joined Mesa as chief operating officer Freedom Airlines, following a career of more than 25 years with Delta Air Lines.
¦ Alaska Air Group announced the election of Gary Beck to the position of vice president of flight operations for Alaska Airlines effective Jan. 7, replacing Kevin Finan, who retired from the airline. Beck is a 34-year veteran of the airline industry with more than 15,000 flight hours. He comes to Alaska from Delta Air Lines, where he served as senior vice president of flight operations and chief pilot responsible for 2,000 daily departures and 8,500 pilots at six pilot bases. He was also president and CEO of the Delta Connection Academy in Orlando, Fla., one of the largest pilot training facilities in the world.

¦ Alaska Airlines announced that Elizabeth Ryan has been named managing director of labor relations - air. She is responsible for overseeing the relationship between Alaska and its pilot, dispatcher and flight attendant unions. Ryan, who joined Alaska Airlines in 1998, has more than 20 years of experience in the airline industry in a variety of labor relations roles, representing company and union positions.

¦ US Airways announced the appointment of two executives, pending board of directors’ approval, who will oversee key parts of the airline’s east coast operation. Suzanne Boda has been named senior vice president, east coast, international and cargo operations and Robert Ciminelli has been named vice president, Philadelphia operation. Boda will have responsibilities for the airline’s hub at Philadelphia International Airport, shuttle operations, international operations and the airline’s cargo business. Ciminelli will be responsible for all aspects of the airline’s operations at its Philadelphia hub and will report to Boda.

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