WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bolstering its Washington government relations capabilities, American Airlines today announced the appointment of Daniel Elwell, a veteran company pilot, as Managing Director of International and Government Affairs.
Elwell will manage the airline`s relationships with Bush Administration officials, Members of Congress and staff, and trade and international organizations with responsibility for international aviation agreements and issues. He will report to Will Ris, Americans` Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
“Dan is truly unique, equally at ease navigating a bill through Congress as he is a 767 across the country. As the company and the industry face these turbulent times, Dan will add a measured, thoughtful and energetic presence to handling our international issues,” said Ris.
Elwell is an American Airlines Boeing 767 pilot, based out of Washington D.C. He has been with the company for 12 years and previously flew the MD-80. Elwell will continue to fly 767s part-time on scheduled service. He flew C-141 cargo aircraft during Operation Desert Storm and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve.
Elwell is not unfamiliar with Washington. In 1999, on a leave of absence from American Airlines, he worked as a legislative fellow for Senator Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. Immediately afterward, he worked in American`s Government Affairs Office for one year before returning to the cockpit.
American Airlines is the world’s largest carrier. American, in concert with American Eagle and the AmericanConnection regional carriers, makes up the American Airlines network. Together, they serve more than 250 cities in 41 countries and territories with approximately 4,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,100 aircraft. Only American provides More Room Throughout Coach for More Coach Passengers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld alliance.