WASHINGTON, August 15, 2013 -- Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today named airline veteran Captain Don Dillman to the role of Managing Director of Flight Operations.
Dillman joins A4A after holding leadership positions in flight operations and operations control at two major U.S. carriers. Most recently, Dillman served as Vice President of Network Operations Control at United Airlines, where he led the integration of the Continental and United Airlines operations control centers after the carriers merged in 2010. Dillman also held various management positions, including Managing Director of Flight Operations and Systems Operations Control for American Airlines, where he was also a Captain and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified check pilot.
At A4A, Dillman will represent member carriers on operational issues, including pilot qualification and training and international standards and procedures. He will also serve as one of A4A’s primary liaisons with key government agencies, including the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Security Administration.
“Captain Dillman brings extensive experience at two of the world’s largest airlines to A4A – both as a pilot and as a flight operations expert,” said Dan Elwell, A4A’s Senior Vice President of Safety, Security and Operations. “He is well known and highly respected within the airline industry. His decades of aviation experience make him uniquely qualified to advance our industry’s proven reputation for safety, operational excellence and leadership.”
Dillman joins A4A on Aug. 26. He will report to Paul McGraw, Vice President of Operations and Safety.
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