PORTLAND, ORE. (July 7, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines today announced the appointment of two vice presidents to lead its finance and operations activities.
Max Griffin has joined the airline as Vice President of Operations following a 22-year career with AMR Corporation, including American Airlines and American Eagle. Most recently, Max was a pilot flying Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft on domestic and international routes. Previously, Max held a number of positions with American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, including Director of Flight Operations and Managing Director of Recruitment.
Earlier in his career, Max worked for Piedmont Commuter/US Air Express, King School of Aeronautics, and Morris, Temple & Company Insurance. Max has over 11,000 hours flight time experience and holds type ratings in Boeing 757/767, Airbus A300, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, Saab 340, and Jetstream 31.
Max is a member of the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA), GLEAM, and several other aviation organizations. Throughout his career he has visited over 30 countries and his hobbies include photography and art. Max and his partner are in the process of relocating to Portland, Oregon.
Gregory Smith has joined the company as Vice President of Finance. Greg was previously Controller of Evergreen International Airlines. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Controller and a Tax Accountant for Columbia Helicopters.
Greg earned a B.A. in Business Administration and M.A. in Taxation, both from Portland State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Greg actively trades equities and collects Pontiac muscle cars. From 2007 to 2013, he served as a volunteer board member for North Clackamas Christian School in Oregon City, a non-denominational State accredited school. Greg resides in Oregon City, Oregon with his wife and son.
“Everyone at SeaPort Airlines is honored that Max and Greg, with their significant aviation experience, have chosen to join our company. We believe it underscores the growing confidence in our strategy to build a next-generation regional airline designed to serve small and mid-size communities,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines.
As of June 2014, SeaPort Airlines, Inc. operates an average of 140 daily scheduled flights to 23 cities in 9 states, including operations in Southeast Alaska branded as “Wings of Alaska.” The carrier has submitted proposals to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Tupelo and Greenville, Mississippi, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and recently applied for authority to begin service between San Diego and San Felipe, Mexico in November 2014.
During March 2014, SeaPort Airlines became the first airline in North America to be hosted on the Amadus Altea reservation platform. Customers can make reservations by calling 888-573-2767, at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com, or through all major GDSs. The company currently has an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with Alaska Airlines and is working to establish similar agreements with other U.S. and international carriers.
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Claire James: Director of Marketing/ SeaPort Airlines, Inc.