Alaska Air Group named two executives to guide Virgin America once Alaska completes its planned acquisition of the airline, expected in this year’s fourth quarter.

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Alaska Air Group named two executives to guide Virgin America once Alaska completes its planned acquisition of the airline, expected in this year’s fourth quarter.

Until the airlines obtain a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), expected in early 2018, Peter Hunt, currently chief financial officer of Virgin America, will serve as president of Alaska Air’s Virgin America subsidiary.

Ben Minicucci, chief operating officer and president of Alaska Airlines, will also serve as chief executive officer of Virgin America. Hunt will report to Minicucci and will be the day-to-day leader of Virgin America.