Spirit Airlines appoints John Bendoraitis as chief operating officer

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Low cost carrier Spirit Airlines has named John Bendoraitis as senior vice president and chief operating officer, effective mid-October.

Bendoraitis will be responsible for leading Miramar, Florida-based Spirit's flight and inflight operations, technical services and maintenance, airport operations and safety, according to a Spirit media release. He will also oversee the airline's supply chain and operations support departments.

A 30-year aviation veteran, Bendoraitis joins Spirit from Frontier Airlines, where he has been chief operating officer since March 2012. From 2008 to 2012 Bendoraitis was president of Comair, where he helped restructure that airline's costs, says Spirit.

He began his aviation career at Northwest Airlines, where during a 22-year tenure he progressed from aircraft technician to vice president of base maintenance operations.

Bendoraitis has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, says Spirit. In addition, he has an aircraft maintenance technology certification from Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology in Illinois.