ATLANTA, Oct. 9, 2007 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced that Don Bornhorst has been named Senior Vice President – Delta Connection, effective Oct. 15. Bornhorst, a 16-year industry veteran, most recently served as Comair’s president.
“One of Delta’s top priorities is improving the Delta Connection experience for our customers from onboard products and services to operational performance. Don is a proven leader with the background, focus and determination needed to unify the Delta Connection brand and improve service to a level that meets or exceeds our customers’ expectations,” said Joe Kolshak, Delta’s executive vice president of operations.
Bornhorst, 42, was named Comair’s president in May 2006, after working in every major operating group at Comair. Before becoming president, he served as Comair’s chief financial officer, vice president of Information Systems and senior vice president of Customers with oversight of Customer Services and In-flight.
As senior vice president of Delta Connection, Bornhorst will oversee the day-to-day operations of nine partner airlines and lead efforts to ensure Delta Connection service is seamless with mainline operations. Bornhorst replaces Wayne Aaron, who returns to his role as vice president – Strategic Planning and Business Development.
With Bornhorst’s transition to Delta, Comair has tapped industry veteran and former Delta executive John Selvaggio to lead Comair. Selvaggio most recently served as the head of Delta’s former low-cost unit, Song, and prior to that he served as senior vice president for Delta’s Airport Customer Service division.
“John has a wealth of experience in airline operations and his proven leadership will ensure that Comair stays focused on its primary mission of delivering excellence to Delta customers,” said Kolshak.
Selvaggio, 60, brings a unique depth of regional airline expertise to Comair, including previous service as the head of U.S. Airways’ Express Division and president of Wings West Airlines, a predecessor to American Eagle. In 1998, Selvaggio joined Delta and coordinated the company’s efforts in the acquisition of Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 1999, followed by Comair a year later.
Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 310 destinations in 54 countries. Since 2005, Delta has added more international capacity than all other major U.S. airlines combined and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 475 worldwide destinations in 104 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
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