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People News: Joanna Geraghty to replace Robin Hayes as JetBlue CEO

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Joanna Geraghty is set to replace Robin Hayes as CEO of New York-based LCC JetBlue.

Geraghty is no stranger to the carrier, having joined back in 2005 from Florida-based law firm Holland & Knight. During her time at JetBlue, she has held a number of senior positions, including Regulatory and Litigation Director, EVP Customer Experience as well as President and COO prior to her current appointment. As far as we know, she is also the first woman to be CEO of a major U.S-based airline.

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Effective from February 12, the move comes at a turbulent time for the carrier as it has had a proposed $3.2bn takeover of rival Spirt Airlines blocked by a judge. In an all-hands letter that Geraghty and Hayes have co-signed, she urges that the primary focus must be about ‘returning the business to profitability’ regardless of whether or not the Spirit deal might eventually be pushed through.

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JetBlue currently employs around 20,000 people and in 2022 reported a fleet size of 290 aircraft, mainly A320/A321 family as well as 60 Embraer E190 jets.


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