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JetBlue chief forced to fall on his sword

10 May 2007

JetBlue on Thursday replaced Dave Neeleman as chief executive as the US low-cost carrier continues its recovery from operational issues during the winter and an increasingly challenging domestic market.

Dave Berger, president of the New York-based carrier, will take on the CEO role, with Mr Neeleman becoming non-executive chairman.

JetBlue has strengthened its executive team in recent months following the disruption of hundreds of flights by winter storms, which highlighted the inability of its systems to cope with rapid growth. Mr Neeleman founded JetBlue in 1998 after selling his Morris Air business to Southwest Airlines and spending a short spell with the largest US domestic carrier before launching another airline in Canada.

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