Third American Airlines Executive Leaves To Join United
A third executive within 6 months has left American Airlines to join United Airlines’ executive team. Andrew Nocella, who served as American Airline’s senior vice president of network planning, alliances and sales resigned from the company in order to take a position with United Airlines.
United has not provided information to the media on what role Nocella will take at United, but his specialty at American was in determining the routes and aircraft that should be used on routes, that an airline should use. The role Nocella filled at American was formerly described as “responsible for the planning of American’s worldwide route network as well as the development of the airline’s long-term network strategy.”
In a statement, American Airlines President Robert Isom said, “Andrew has been a valuable member of our team for more than 20 years and we owe him a debt of gratitude for shaping the American Airlines network that we fly today. On a personal level, I have worked closely with Andrew for the last 10 years. He has been a key advisor and a visionary planner – for our network, fleet and alliances.”
Nocella has a long career in the industry, starting with his role as Vice President of Route Planning and Scheduling for America West Airlines Inc. In 2005, Nocella took over as Senior Vice President for Marketing and Planning for US Airways. He was also formerly the chief marketing officer for American Airlines.
Recently, President Scott Kirby and vice president of international planning Patrick Quayle, also left American Airlines for United.