United Airlines has hired former GE aerospace manager Maria Deacon as senior vice president of technical operations. The job will see Deacon run the US carrier’s maintenance operations, ground service equipment and facilities maintenance, supply chain, technical services, and planning and strategy. Deacon, the airline said, “will also shape the continued growth and investment in United’s Calibrate apprenticeship program, helping the airline expand and diversify its next generation of maintenance employees”. “Our ambitious United Next growth strategy provides a remarkable opportunity to leverage Maria’s unique skillset,” said United vice president Greg Hart.

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