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Highly Experienced Leadership Team

Ed Wegel, Chairman & CEO

  • Over 30 years of commercial aviation experience
  • Founder – Republic Airways
  • CEO and a director of BWIA International Airways (“BWIA”)
  • Founder/CEO – Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc.

Ryan Goepel, CFO

  • Over 20 years in Senior Finance Roles
  • Significant LCC narrowbody CFO experience
  • Multiple successful startups
  • Key role in the first Burger King IPO

Mark Salvador, CMO

  • Over 17 years of experience in the travel industry with tenures at Carnival Corp, as Global Head of BD for six cruise brands and at Royal Caribbean International where he was the Head of Gaming for two cruise brands
  • Progressive leadership positions with Caesars Entertainment
  • Has developed air charter programs for the world's leading travel brands

George (Mike) Hambrick, Chief of Staff

  • FAA Operations Inspector on legacy, startup and charter airline certificates (retired after 10-year career)
  • FAA SME on new SMS Safety Management System
  • 40+ years piloting military and commercial aircraft

Doreen DePastino, EVP-In Flight and Station Ops
  • Founding Team Member JetBlue/Virgin America/Breeze
  • Sr Director of Stations, Virgin America
  • VP of Stations and Inflight, Breeze
  • VP roles at Emirates, Hawaiian, LAN Airlines; Held Roles at American Airlines and Eastern Airlines

Varun Nandlal, VP of Cargo and Security
  • Former Director of Security and Cargo Operations at 21 Air

119 Team


  • Over 25 years of experience
  • Former Chief Pilot for Eastern and Miami Air/21Air
  • Over 4,500 PIC 121 hours, over 8,000 hours as a Pilot, and over 15 years as a Check Pilot and Instructor
  • Rated and flown B727, B737, B767
  • Instructed and conducted checks on B737 B757, B767, B747

  • 35 years maintenance experience, 20 years experience as 119
  • The Program Director for SIAED AAR Gulf Air Project in Bahrain
  • Held roles at FedEx, Polar Air Cargo, EOS Airlines, Commercial Jet, Inc, Maxjet, Heavy Lift International Airlines, Thales, and Falcon Air Express

Jacqueline I Munroe, DIRECTOR OF SAFETY
  • Accomplished aviation professional with over 30 years of experience
  • FAA Certificated Aircraft Dispatcher
  • SME for SMS Implementation
  • Held several roles in cargo and passenger service including OCC Manager, Senior Safety Auditor, Aviation Safety Inspector, and Aerodrome Certification Manager

  • 33 years of experience, held experience as 119 DOM, and 145 repair station accountable manager
  • Sr. Maintenance Inspection supervisor at Frontier
  • Experienced in senior roles at startup airlines
  • Held roles at US Airways, Allegiant, and Frontier

Hector Gonzalez, Chief Pilot
  • Over 12,000 total hours of flight time
  • 6,000 plus hours PIC on Part 121 airlines

Non-Management Board of Directors

T. Allen McArtor – Vice Chairman

  • Former SVP - FedEx
  • Former Administrator FAA
  • Former Chairman, Airbus Group (North America)

Joe DaGrosa

  • Former launch investors and Chairman, Eastern Airlines
  • Former Vice Chairman, Jet Support Services (aircraft maintenance provider)
  • Current Managing Partner, General American Capital

John Quelch

  • Former Chairman of the Board – Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Dean – University of Miami Herbert Business School
  • Former Board Member – Reebok, Easyjet PLC

Zygimantas Surintas

  • CEO/Board Member of Smartlynx Airlines LTD
  • Board Member of Chapman Freeborn Air Chartering
  • European ACMI Charter operator with a current fleet of 6 aircraft

Cordia Harrington

  • Serves on the boards of Ascent Global Logistics, Broadcrest Capital and Belmont University
  • Founder and CEO of Crown Bakeries

Deb Robinson

  • Board member – Via Rail Canada
  • President/Founder – Bay Street HR, outsourced human resource services to start up companies

Bill Shuster

  • Former Congressman representing Pennsylvania
  • Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee from 2013-2019

Alan Bird

  • Former Advisor to CEO, Canada Jetlines and Board Member
  • Former CFO Viva Aerobus; leading A320 low cost carrier in Mexico
  • Senior Advisor – Irelandia Aviation, major investor in Ryanair, Viva Colombia, Viva Peru (leading A320 LCC’s)
  • Former CFO Tiger Airways; leading Asia A320 LCC

David Ross

  • EVP Roadrunner Freight
  • Chief Strategy Officer for Ascent Global Logistics
  • Former Managing Director and Group Head of Stifel’s