Effective as of February 1, 2013, American Airlines executive Craig Kreeger is slated to be the new chief executive officer of Virgin Atlantic Airways. He will replace Steve Ridgway, who announced his retirement or resignation — depending on which news story you believe — on September 9, 2012.
FlyerTalk members are generally pleased about the appointment of the 53-year-old Kreeger, citing that Ridgway was “not an inspiring nor motivational leader” and not known to be a good boss for the employees who worked for him.
Kreeger becomes chief executive officer at a time where Delta Air Lines agreed to purchase a 49-percent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways from Singapore Airlines in December of 2012 in a $360 million deal, which ultimately gives Delta Air Lines a greater presence at Heathrow Airport in London. Some FlyerTalk members from both the Delta SkyMiles forum and the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club forum expressed doubts about the deal, but others believe that the Delta Air Lines deal will help strengthen Virgin Atlantic Airways — especially now with the appointment of Kreeger to chief executive officer.
We shall see.