Capt. Patrick Burns is Vice President-Flight Operations & System Chief Pilot for Delta Air Lines.

Capt. Patrick Burns is Vice President-Flight Operations & System Chief Pilot for Delta Air Lines. He is currently based in Atlanta, flying the Boeing 717.

Patrick oversees all aspects of administrative and day-to-day operations for more than 14,000 pilots. Additionally, he directs the strategy of Delta’s pilot hiring and outreach team, regulatory compliance and pilot labor relations. He also serves as Delta’s primary pilot representative in industry affairs as well as with the Federal Aviation Administration.

A 23-year Delta veteran, Patrick has previously held leadership roles within Flight Operations, Reservations and Airport Customer Service.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Patrick, his wife, Jennifer, and their five children live in the Atlanta area.

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