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Operational Challenges

Former CEO at Spirit Airlines

IP Interview
Published on May 23, 2020

Why is this interview interesting?

  • How taking out the middle seat and other preventative measures can impact the unit economics for airlines
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.

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