SEATTLE, Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- John Kirby today joins Alaska Airlines as vice president of capacity planning, overseeing Alaska Air Group's mainline and regional networks and its scheduling and schedule distribution team.
"John brings a tremendous depth of experience to the table," said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines' senior vice president of planning and revenue management. "His vast airline industry knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to grow the Alaska Air Group network."
Kirby has worked at six different airlines over his 31-year career, with experience working at carriers of all sizes, both international and domestic, low-cost and legacy. He joins Alaska from Southwest Airlines, where he served as senior director of international business management. Previously, he was Southwest's senior director of domestic and international planning.
"I'm excited to join an industry leading carrier," said Kirby. "From the outside looking in, Alaska Airlines is knocking it out of the park, both commercially and operationally."
Kirby holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Montclair State University.
Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers" in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study for seven consecutive years from 2008 to 2014. Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan also ranked highest in the J.D. Power 2014 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.
SOURCE Alaska Airlines