Sr. Vice President Air Operations
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Alan Kasher brings a lifelong love of flying and expertise to his role as Sr. Vice President Air Operations. He provides Leadership to the departments that support Southwest Airlines’ Air Operations, including Flight Operations, Inflight Operations, Crew Scheduling, and Regulatory Programs & Compliance.
Hired as a Southwest Pilot in September 2000, Alan upgraded to Captain in 2007. He worked in Flight Operations Safety and served in various management positions within Flight Operations and the former Operational Control Center (now Network Operations Control), including Director of Operations. He also served as the Vice President of Flight Operations from 2015-2020, and he provided Leadership and support to the department, which included 11 Pilot bases, Crew Planning/Scheduling/Payroll, and the LEAD Center, the home of Southwest’s world-class Pilot training.
Prior to Southwest, Alan worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, Corporate and Charter Operations as Pilot, Chief Pilot, and Director of Operations and was an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.
Alan received his pilot training and credentials at The Ohio State University. He and his wife Karly have three boys: Ryan, Kyle, and Seth.
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