Last updated: 10:09 AM ET, Fri May 29 2015

A4A Names American Airlines Exec New Security Chief

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | May 29, 2015

A4A Names American Airlines Exec New Security Chief

With security at a premium for U.S. airlines, its trade and lobby group – Airlines for America (A4A) – today plucked a key figure at American Airlines to head its safety and security operation.

Capt. Billy Nolen is the new Senior Vice President of Safety, Security and Operations at A4A, bringing with him 26 years of commercial and military airline experience, most recently as American Airlines’ Managing Director of Corporate Safety and Regulatory Affairs.

In his new role, Nolen will work closely with A4A members to advise, evaluate and set standards and procedures that maximize safety and customer service and improve efficiency.

As the leader of the operations division, Nolen will work closely with the administration and government agencies to ensure A4A members operate in a regulatory environment that enables the industry to build upon its safety record. He will oversee the six key functional areas within the airline portfolio at A4A: Air and Ground Safety; Security; Flight Operations; Air Traffic Management; Engineering and Maintenance; and Cargo Services.

“Billy is a leader in flight operations and safety, having run such programs at the world’s largest airline, and is an excellent addition to our team,” A4A President and CEO Nick Calio said in a statement. “As an active pilot with both military and commercial airline experience, he understands well A4A’s work to constantly advocate for and build on the safety and efficiency of our national airspace.”

“As a lifelong pilot and airline industry employee, I look forward to joining A4A and working with the industry and government organizations to ensure the United States and our airlines build on our record of safety and improve our efficiency,” Nolen said.

His new role begins July 1.

Prior to joining A4A, Nolen has held a number of safety-related positions with American Airlines, including managing American’s Operations Aviation Safety Action Partnership program and acting as Senior Manager of Flight Safety. He has been an active pilot at American since 1989 and is currently a Captain on the B757/767.


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