Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT ) has named Raymond Russell as director, flight crew training, effective immediately. Russell, 60, brings over 25 years of airline, training and flight operations experience to the airline and recently retired as an L-1011 line captain from American Trans Air, where he also served as director, flight operations from 1993-1997. In this newly created position, Russell will lead Frontier`s pilot training curriculum and will report directly to Executive Vice President, Operations Jim Wyche.
“Russell brings significant training and flight operations experience to Frontier, which not only will enable Frontier to continue to attract and retain quality pilots, but will assist in our transition from a Boeing 737 fleet to an Airbus A319 and A318 fleet,” said Wyche.
Russell`s prior experience includes serving as chief pilot for Ports of Call/Skyworld Airlines. Other experience includes serving as director, flight operations for I.T.R. Airlines, a commuter carrier for the former Frontier Airlines and Combs Freight Air, Inc. Russell served in the United States Air Force from 1965-1978, in various capacities, including flight standards officer/instructor and flight safety officer. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a masters degree in aeronautical sciences from Embry Riddle University. Russell is originally from North Platte, Neb. and currently resides in Lone Tree, Colo. with his wife Donna.