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Allen named safety chief at JetBlue Airways

New York-based low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) said it has appointed John Allen to the position of vice president and chief safety officer effective immediately.

In his new role, Allen is responsible for maintaining JetBlue´s focus and practice of safe operations both in the air and on the ground. Allen will report to James Hnat, JetBlue´s executive vice president of corporate affairs.

Allen retired from US civil air authority the FAA on August 31, 2013 after 22 years with the agency in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, culminating as director of Flight Safety Standards.

He was responsible for promoting the safety of flight for civil aircraft by setting regulations and standards for air carriers, air agencies, general aviation, airmen, and designees. Allen retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2009 as a Brigadier General after 31 years of active-duty and reserve service.

JetBlue carries 29 m customers a year to 79 cities in the US, Caribbean and Latin America with more than 700 daily flights. The carrier´s fleet totals 188 aircraft, comprising 129 Airbus A320s and 59 Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) E190s.

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