Frontier Airlines today announced that it has named Captain Jim Sullivan
as its new vice president of flight operations, effective April 1, 2004.
Sullivan, a Frontier pilot since 1994, formerly served as the airline’s
director of flight operations training. In his new role, Sullivan will be
responsible for Frontier’s flight operations group, which includes
approximately 550 pilots, flight operations training, flight standards and
flight safety. Sullivan will report to President & CEO Jeff Potter.
Since coming to Frontier in 1994, Sullivan has spent more than seven years
in the airline’s training department as an instructor, check airman and,
most recently, as director. Prior to Frontier, Sullivan flew Lear Jets for
AirNet Systems, a part-135 cargo operator and spent two years with the
U.S. Naval Academy as a civilian flight instructor for the USNA flight
In conjunction with Sullivan’s promotion, Captain Bill McKinney,
Frontier’s current vice president of flight operations who intends to
retire within the year, will continue in his executive role as director of
operations, a position that also reports to Potter. The position fulfills
an FAA requirement that an airline’s top flight operations executive has
at least three years of experience in flight operations management.
McKinney’s new role will provide additional leadership during Sullivan’s
transition and will help prepare the flight operations group for
McKinney’s retirement. McKinney will be responsible for System Operations
Control (SOC), dispatch and crew scheduling.
McKinney, a 36-year airline veteran, came to Frontier in 2001 from
Vanguard Airlines, where he served as vice president of operations. Prior
to that, McKinney spent 29 years with TWA and served in a variety of
capacities, including general manager of flying/chief pilot; manager of
pilots; director, flight safety and engineering; and flight manager.
McKinney has logged in excess of 12,000 flight hours and is type rated to
fly the McDonnell Douglas DC9, Boeing 727, 707, 767, 757 and 737, Airbus
A320, and Lockheed L-1011. He is a former United States Air Force pilot
instructor, and holds a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from
the University of Akron, Ohio.