American Airlines promoted Vasu Raja to vice president – International Revenue Management. In this new role, Raja will lead a high-performing team responsible for overseeing all revenue generated from the company’s international business. His responsibilities will include overseeing the Atlantic joint business alliance with British Airways, Iberia and Finnair, as well as the airline’s Pacific joint venture with Japan Airlines. He will report to Don Casey, senior vice president – Revenue Management.
“Vasu has played a key role in leading the integration of American and US Airways’ international revenue functions and under his leadership, international revenue saw the two best years of performance in the company’s history,” said Scott Kirby, president – American Airlines.
Raja previously served as managing director – International Revenue Management. He joined American in 2004 and has held a variety of roles in Sales, Corporate Planning and Revenue Management. In his role as managing director – Corporate Planning, Raja designed and executed the largest aircraft purchase in aviation history. He also led the development of a detailed fleet and network plan that was used as the basis for American’s restructuring plan and merger analysis.
Before joining American, Raja was a teacher with Teach for America in Baltimore. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from The University of Texas – Austin, a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University and master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University.
American Airlines and US Airways merged in December 2013 to become the world’s largest airline. They are combining operations at nine hubs, and have already merged significant parts of their cargo operations as well as corporate support functions. In 2015, the company expects to combine the American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs into a single frequent flyer program and to achieve a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.