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United Airlines hires another top American Airlines executive


United Airlines has hired another top executive away from American Airlines.

On Wednesday, American’s senior vice president of network planning Andrew Nocella resigned to take a “leadership position” at the competitor, United. The move comes after American’s president Scott Kirby left the Fort Worth-based carrier for the president position at United in August.

In a letter sent to employees, American president Robert Isom said he has no plans to fill Nocella’s position and noted that he looks forward to competing against Nocella.

“Andrew has been a valuable member of our team for more than 20 years and we owe him a debt of gratitude for shaping the American Airlines network that we fly today,” Isom said. “And while we don’t like seeing people like Andrew leave, we are really fortunate to have an exceptionally talented group of leaders in place and who already oversee those functions that reported to Andrew.”

It was not disclosed what Nocella’s role will be at United. In January, United’s chief commercial officer Julia Haywood left the Chicago-based carrier after only five months on the job to return to Boston Consulting Group.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk