3 Links I Love: Another Defection From American to United, Frontier Trying to Fix Things, United’s New 777-300ER

This week’s featured link:
Yet Another American Airlines Executive Leaves for UnitedAirways
Word starting leaking out quickly on Wednesday. Andrew Nocella, former Chief Marketing Officer at American and long-time friend and colleague of Scott Kirby, has followed his former boss over to United. Andrew’s greatest strength is in the network/schedule planning world, but at US Airways, he grew into running marketing and sales, eventually becoming Chief Marketing Officer at American after the merger. But once Scott Kirby left for United, new American President Robert Isom reduced Andrew’s role to remove marketing (that went to Kurt Stache). I don’t think a lot of people were surprised to see this move.

Meanwhile at American, there’s no plan to replace Andrew immediately, but that could change. Sales will now fall under Kurt Stache’s growing empire. The head of network and the head of alliances will now both report directly to Robert.

Two for the road:
After ‘black eye’ from December snowstorm, Frontier Airlines details changes for future bad weather eventsDenver Business Journal
Frontier had a truly awful December operationally, and its ops chief is gone. Now, it’s looking back and what happened and trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. This article details some of the changes and is an interesting read.

Where to sit on United’s new Polaris 777-300ERWandering Aramean
On Monday, United had a media flight for people to try out its new Polaris seat on the 777-300ER. I was really sad that I had a schedule conflict and couldn’t make it, but I’ve been reading all the reports from onboard. I like Seth’s post a lot, detailing where you want to sit on that airplane. General consensus is that the new seat is competitive… just don’t fly coach.

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