JetExpress adds John Varley to this expanding airline

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ExpressJet Airlines Names John Varley Senior VP – CAO And General Counsel

Previously Filled A Similar Role At Virgin America

Work at Delta and Virgin America will contribute to ExpressJet’s Growth

John has it all– economic and safety regulation, lobbying, corporate, mergers, etc.

Safety, too

ExpressJet president and CEO Subodh Karnik, hired John Varley, as his new  Senior vice president – Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. In this new role, Varley will be responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology and Legal, John Varley. The CEO of this United Express airline called John a “highly-respected leader who has built high-performing, people-focused organizations.”

“His expertise will ensure ExpressJet has the programs, systems and infrastructure to be successful as we grow the airline with 25 new Embraer E175s and hire more than 600 pilots in 2019,” Karnik added in a written statement.

John’s resume provides some insight as to the future of ExpressJet:

  • During John’s 22 years at Delta, he had direct and supervisory responsibility over legal matters relating to advertising, marketing, compliance programs, commercial transactions, competition law, government relations, domestic and international alliances, international operations, intellectual property, technology and commercial litigation. More than regulatory and lobbying assignments, he played a critical role in leading the airline’s involvement in the successful Orbitz Initial Public Offering.
  • In addition, John brokered several high-profile alliances for the airline, including the initial Delta and Virgin Atlantic strategic alliance and frequent flyer partnership. John has handled a variety of government regulatory proceedings, including matters before the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • David Cush, then the President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America explained some of the reasons why John was brought to the San Francisco based carrier:  “While at Delta, John distinguished himself not only as an expert in aviation law, but as someone who can apply business expertise to some of the most complex partnerships and commercial transactions that a company can undertake…His legal and executive experience will be invaluable to Virgin America, especially as we continue to grow our operation and mature as an airline.”  

Varley joined Virgin America in 2010 as the San Francisco-based company’s senior vice president and general counsel. He was also responsible for the airline’s government affairs program and its award-winning sustainability efforts Varley had a key role in Virgin America’s successful initial public offering in 2014. Later, he was involved in Virgin’s merger negotiations with Alaska Airlines.

So what does John’s addition to the ExpressJet team portend:

United Airlines announced the award of 25 new Embraer 175-SC aircraft to ExpressJet as part of a deal that also includes the sale of ExpressJet from SkyWest Inc. to ManaAir LLC, in which United will own a minority interest. The sale is expected to be complete in early 2019.

“Today’s news of the E175 award to ExpressJet and the news of our sale signals a new era for ExpressJet pilots,” said F/O Joe Mauro, chairman of the ExpressJet ALPA Master Executive Council. “We look forward to a stronger relationship with United Airlines, and I have no doubt that our pilots will flawlessly execute United’s plans for our future with the same reliability and professionalism they have demonstrated throughout the history of our airline.”

ExpressJet’s E175-SCs will be configured with 70 seats. Deliveries will begin in April 2019 and passenger service on the new aircraft is expected to begin in the summer. ExpressJet also operates a fleet of Embraer E145s and Canadair Regional Jet CRJ200s for United Airlines.

John’s experience with Delta and Virgin America involved large national carriers. Both of those companies have earned excellent reputations for safety. If nothing else, those different perspectives will add to JetExpress’ 70 years of operations.

Safety Management System (SMS)
ExpressJet was one of the first regional airlines to implement the Safety Management System (SMS) approach to safety. This industry best practice manages safety risks by identifying hazards and mitigating risks within a safety system defined by policies, risk assessment, assurance and promotion.

Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
The Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) is a voluntary safety program that allows employees to communicate safety concerns and human errors identified during the performance of daily operations. Appropriate “safety action” is taken with every report following a review by a designated committee. Aggregate analyses are conducted to identify risk and potential trends. ExpressJet has independent ASAP programs for our pilots, dispatchers and mechanics.

Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA)
Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) is a voluntary safety program that involves the routine downloading of Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) data for de-identified aggregate analysis of routine line operations. The results of the analysis offer insight into potential safety risks, procedural compliance, aircraft health monitoring and operational efficiencies.

Line Operational Safety Audit (LOSA)
The Line Operational Safety Audit (LOSA) is a collaborative safety audit that places trained observers on flight deck jumpseats to collect safety-related data on environmental conditions, operational complexity and flight crew performance. The data are controlled, reviewed, analyzed and reported on by the LOSA Collaborative. This safety initiative has been recognized as an industry best practice for flight deck safety.

Safety Investigations
ExpressJet possesses the expertise and technology to conduct internal investigations as well as supporting regulatory requirements. Should an event occur requiring investigation to determine probable cause, and to mitigate the risk of a similar event, ExpressJet is prepared.

Whatever JetExpress needs, John Varley will ably provide.





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