NEW YORK, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today announces the appointment of Captain Craig Hoskins to the position of Vice President of Safety, effective immediately. In his role as Chief Safety Officer, Capt. Hoskins will be responsible for maintaining JetBlue's culture of safety and mitigating risk in operations for the New York-based airline. Capt. Hoskins will report to the airline's Chief Administrative Officer James Hnat.
"Craig brings a lifetime of leadership and subject matter expertise to this role, from his early days in the Coast Guard to his expertise in Safety Management Systems," said Mr. Hnat. "I expect Craig will continue to provide leadership in education, auditing and continuous improvement in how we operate our airline."
Previously, Capt. Hoskins served as JetBlue's Director of Flight Safety, overseeing all Voluntary Flight Safety Programs including the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) Program, Line Observation Safety Audit (LOSA) Program, the Inflight Safety Program and the Safety Investigations Team. He joined JetBlue in 2003 as a First Officer on the Airbus 320, after two years as a pilot with Northwest Airlines. He held roles of increasing responsibility in the company's Safety and Flight Operations departments, including System Chief Pilot."Safety is the number one value at JetBlue, and I look forward to working with my colleagues throughout the airline to proactively identify and mitigate risk throughout our network," said Capt. Hoskins. On a national level, Capt. Hoskins serves as the Airlines For America (A4A) Flight Safety Committee's Vice Chair and is a member of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Issue Analysis Team. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Safety Officer Course, University of Southern California Aviation Safety Certificate Program, NASA-Ames Fatigue Countermeasures Course and holds a M.S. Degree in Training and Leadership. He succeeds Steve Predmore, who retired from JetBlue effective April 2. Mr. Predmore served as JetBlue's Vice President of Safety and Chief Safety Officer since 2001. "On behalf of JetBlue's 14,000 crewmembers, I wish Steve all the best in his future endeavors, and thank him for his extraordinary service to JetBlue," Mr. Hnat said.
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