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  • Joe Breitfeller

Alaska Airlines Appoints Captain Dave Mets as Vice President of Flight Operations

Alaska Airlines has named 23 year airline veteran Captain Dave Mets as the carrier’s new Vice President of Flight Operations, where he will lead the carrier’s 3,500-strong pilot group.


Alaska Airlines New Vice President of Flight Operations, Captain Dave Mets - Courtesy Alaska Airlines

On Monday (November 7, 2022), Alaska Airlines announced the appointment of Captain Dave Mets as the carrier’s new Vice President of Flight Operations. In his new role, the 23-year Alaska Airlines’ veteran will lead the company’s 3,500-strong pilot group and will oversee the day-to-day operations and financial performance of Alaska’s flight operations division. Captain Mets started his career with Alaska Airlines in 1999 as a Boeing 737-200 First Officer, later taking on roles of increasing responsibility including Base Chief Pilot in Seattle and Portland, as well as a Flight Operations Duty Officer. He has been appointed to his new position after serving as Interim Vice President since April 2022.


In Monday’s announcement, Alaska Airlines’ Chief Operating Officer, Constance von Muehlen, said,


“Anyone who knows Dave knows that he is a thoughtful, hard-working and caring leader. Dave’s impeccable track record in flight operations demonstrates his commitment to safety, transparent leadership and focus on operational excellence. Alaska will benefit from the highest standards to which he holds himself and his team.”


Captain Dave Mets is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and has spent 25 years both on active duty and in the Air Force Reserve. His military experience includes flying the Lockheed C-141B Starlifter as an instructor pilot, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster Commander, and as a Satellite Launch Countdown Controller in the NAVSTAR GPS Program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. His service includes time spent in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as resupplying McMurdo Station, Antarctica in the C-17 Globemaster.


Alaska Airlines and their regional partners serve over 120 destinations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Belize. The sustainability-focused carrier emphasizes Next-Level Care for guests, while offering low fares and award-winning service. Alaska has hubs in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Anchorage. The carrier is a member of the oneworld global alliance, and along with their additional partners, Alaska Airlines’ guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 1,000 global destinations on over 20 airlines. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of the Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK).



Source: Alaska Airlines