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July 2013 People

By Staff Reports on July 1, 2013


John Batten is joining Coyne Airways as managing director. Batten announced in May that he is leaving his position as executive vice president cargo services at Swissport International. He will leave Swissport on Aug. 31. He will begin his job at Coyne Airways in September and will be based in Dubai, the airline’s hub. Before coming to Swissport, Batten worked at companies such as Qatar Airways and TNT Airways. He has been with Swissport for five years.




James Canders has been appointed assistant airport director at Bangor International Airport in Maine. He has 17 years of experience, including senior roles at other airports in the U.S. and overseas, together with four years as an aviation operations specialist in Kansas, Germany, Macedonia and Kosovo with U.S. Army Aviation.




Richard H. Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, assumed his duties as chairman of the International Air Transport Association Board of Governors. Anderson succeeds Alan Joyce, CEO and managing director of Qantas Airways. He will have a one-year term that lasts until the conclusion of IATA’s Annual General Meeting in June 2014. Anderson has spent more than 25 years in aviation. He was named Delta’s CEO in 2007 when he joined the airline from UnitedHealth Group. He began his aviation career in 1987 at Continental Airlines. IATA also announced that the Board of Governors appointed Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu to serve as chairman following Anderson’s term.


The Air Line Pilots Association recognized FedEx Express captain John Kohne with its annual Pilot Assistance Award for his many years of service in building and maintaining pilot assistance programs at his airline. Kohne has assisted the airline in integrating ALPA critical incident response volunteers with the company’s crisis notification program. Right now, he is developing a FedEx Pilot Assistance Network to assist FedEx pilots who feel they may be in need of physiological, psychological or medical assistance. The Air Line Pilots Association also recognized Jazz Air captain Murray Munro with a Presidential Citation for his outstanding efforts to assist pilots and their families in times of crisis. In 30 years of work with the Association’s Canadian Pilot Assistance Group, Munro has made significant contributions to the physical and emotional wellbeing of crewmembers at Jazz Air and the eight other Canadian airlines represented by ALPA. As chair of the Canadian Pilot Assistance Group, Munro leads a team of volunteers whose goal is to support individual pilots’ physical and mental wellness. Working with ALPA’s Critical Incident Response Program, he has helped many pilots deal with crisis, including the attempted hijacking of CanJet Flight 918 in Jamaica in 2009 and the crash of First Air Flight 6560 in 2011.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge has been selected to join the National Freight Advisory Committee, a group of professionals who will provide advice about the national freight transportation system. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said a strong freight transportation system is critical to the U.S.’s economy. The committee is made up of 47 voting members from outside the Department of Transportation. Members will serve two-year terms and meet at least three times per year.




Christopher “Kit” Johnson has joined Airbus Americas as its new customs manager for the company’s A320 family assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Johnson fills the second position for the company’s new manufacturing facility, where he will be responsible for securing and improving customs activities in the U.S. Johnson, a licensed customs broker and certified customs specialist, comes to Airbus Americas from John S. James Co. at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. in Vance, Ala. Before that, Johnson was with FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage, Inc. in Memphis, Tenn.





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