Spirit Airlines: Airline Crisis Management

Former CEO at Spirit Airlines

Why is this interview interesting?

  • How airlines can make travelers feel safe traveling on planes
  • A travel demand comparison with both 9/11 and 2008 shocks
  • How airlines could approach managing the fleet and fuel costs
  • Potential changes in the airline industry structure between LCC and flag carriers
  • The role of lessors in the airline industry

Executive Bio

Ben Baldanza

Former CEO at Spirit Airlines

Ben has over 35 years of experience in the airline industry. From 2005 - 16 he was CEO of Spirit Airlines and is known for defining the ultra low cost carrier model after transforming the business to become the 7th largest airline in the US. Ben was previously SVP at both American Airlines and Continental Airlines and also led the restructuring of Avianca Holdings. He now consults with the largest US airlines and is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University.Read more

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