A United Airlines passenger airplane passes over Whittier, Calif., on its way to Los Angeles International Airport, Sunday, July 26, 2015.(Photo: Nick Ut, AP)
United Continental announced Tuesday that it has replaced its CEO in the wake of an internal inquiry sparked by a federal investigation in regard to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates New York’s major airports.
The airline says that Oscar Munoz, a board member and former president and COO of CSX, is its new president and CEO, immediately replacing Jeff Smisek, who has stepped down.
Two other airline officials, the executive vice president of communications and government affairs and the airline’s senior vice president of corporate and government affairs, have left their roles as well.
In a statement, the company said that “the departures announced today are in connection with the company’s previously disclosed internal investigation related to the federal investigation associated with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The investigations are ongoing and the company continues to cooperate with the government.”
In February, the Bergen Record reported that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records of dealings between former Port Authority chairman David Samson and United, along with records of Samson’s personal trips. Two months later, Bloomberg News wrote an article describing a dinner where Samson had allegedly asked that United operate a since-discontinued flight between Newark, a United hub, and Columbia South Carolina, which was closer to a home that belonged to Samson’s spouse
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