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JetBlue appoints David Marcontell vice president, technical operations

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JetBlue has announced the appointment of David Marcontell to be the airline’s new vice president, technical operations starting June 17.

In his new role, Marcontell will lead maintenance, materials, engineering, quality and other operational functions. He will report to Warren Christie, chief operating officer.

Marcontell brings nearly four decades of industry experience to JetBlue. He began his career with the U.S. Air Force as a C-130 maintenance and engineering officer before joining Delta Air Lines, where he held various engineering and procurement positions.

Marcontell then held engineering and operational roles at ABX Air, Boeing, and North-South Airways, before transitioning to Oliver Wyman CAVOK.

During his two decades with the aviation advisory firm, he led over 200 engagements globally.

In 2021, Marcontell joined Connect Airlines, a pre-revenue carrier, as its founding chief operating officer.

More recently, Marcontell was an expert associate partner at McKinsey & Company, with a focus on airline operations, original equipment manufacturer aftermarket, as well as airline and independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.

Christie said: “Dave brings deep industry expertise as we continue to focus on improving reliability across our operation.

“He will play a critical role in ensuring our technical operations crewmembers have the skills, tools, and resources they need to deliver safe and reliable aircraft.”

Marcontell said: “It’s honor to be joining JetBlue during such a pivotal chapter for the airline.

“JetBlue is a beloved brand among travelers and I look forward to bringing my experience to an already well-performing organization.

“Together, we’ll ensure our growing fleet fulfills those high expectations.”

Marcontell is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering.

He also holds a master’s degree in engineering management from Mercer University.

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