Childs promoted

SkyWest Airlines, the Utah-based regional that flies for several US majors, has announced key executive changes.

Ron Reber, who had served as president and chief operating officer during the carrier's rapid growth and its acquisition Atlantic Southeast Airlines from Delta Air Lines, gave up his titles in February. SkyWest, based in St George, Utah, said Reber was replaced by Russell "Chip" Childs, who has been senior director-controller and vice-president controller since 2001.

Eric Woodward has replaced Childs as vice president-controller. Woodward had served as director of financial analysis since joining SkyWest in 2004.

Reber remains a consultant and special projects officer for SkyWest, which has grown from a 50-aircraft fleet and a 42-city system in 1991 to a major regional with 259 aircraft serving 137 cities. SkyWest will add 27 more aircraft and as many as 3,000 more employees to its 10,000-person payroll this year. It flies for Delta, United, and Midwest Airlines.

Source: Flight International