American Airlines appoints new President Cargo and Vice President International Operations

Rick Elieson, formal President of Cargo, will continue to lead the Cargo division and assumes the leadership of American’s international airport operations in 60 countries.


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American Airlines announced that Rick Elieson, President of Cargo, has been named as President Cargo and Vice President International Operations. In this expanded role, Elieson will continue to lead the Cargo division and assumes the leadership of American’s international airport operations in 60 countries. He takes over International Operations from Jim Butler, who was recently named as Senior Vice President – Airport Operations and Cargo.

All airline operations were reorganized under Butler last fall to enable teams to better deliver on reliability, consistency, and safety across the whole organization. Elieson is one of eight officers on Butler’s team with a shared goal of building the most reliable operations in the business to consistently deliver best-in-class service for our customers.

This new alignment is already producing results. American reported its best-ever operational metrics for both the 2019 holiday peak period and the entire fourth quarter of 2019, and this momentum has continued into 2020 with record-breaking operational results in January.