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American Airlines Names Brian Znotins Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines announced today that Brian Znotins has been named Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning. In this role, Znotins will guide the development and implementation of American’s global network and hub strategy, including all route planning, slot management and long-range planning efforts. Znotins will report to Vasu Raja, American’s Senior Vice President of Network Strategy.

“Brian is one of the leading network planners in the world,” Raja said. “His ability to manage and maximize complex networks at scale as well as motivate his team makes him incredibly well-suited to thrive at American. We look forward to what he and the team will accomplish over the coming years.”

Znotins joins American from WestJet, where he spent the past three years as the airline’s Vice President of Network, Alliances and Corporate Development. During his time there, Znotins led a redesign of three critical hubs, drove schedule quality improvement, designed a Canada-U.S. joint venture and introduced a new strategy to reach the premium traveler market.

Prior to WestJet, Znotins spent more than 17 years at United Airlines and Continental Airlines, where he held numerous leadership positions, including Vice President of Network and Managing Director of International and Long-Range Planning. He began his airline career as an analyst in the Network Planning department of Canadian Airlines in Calgary.

Znotins holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Calgary. He is an avid traveler who has visited more than 30 countries, five continents and 100 airports since he began his career. Znotins and his wife Susan also share a deep love of animals and animal welfare and have volunteered in rescue in various forms over the past 15 years.

Brian Znotins

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. With a shared purpose of caring for people on life's journey, American's 130,000 global team members serve more than 200 million customers annually. Since 2013, American has invested more than $28 billion in its product and people and now flies the youngest fleet among U.S. network carriers, equipped with industry-leading high-speed Wi-Fi, lie-flat seats, and more inflight entertainment and access to power. American also has enhanced food and beverage options in the air and on the ground in its world-class Admirals Club and Flagship lounges. American was recently named a Five Star Global Airline by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. American is a founding member of oneworld®, whose members serve 1,100 destinations in 180 countries and territories. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company's stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what's happening at American by visiting and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at

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