David Barger joined us November 12, 2008.
David Barger founded JetBlue in August 1998 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and was named Chief Executive Officer in May 2007. JetBlue began operations in 2000 from its base at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and today serves 53 destinations across the U.S. and Caribbean. At the end of 2007, JetBlue operated a fleet of 104 Airbus A320 aircraft and 30 EMBRAER 190 aircraft.
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Under his leadership, JetBlue returned to profitability for the 2007 fiscal year, welcomed its 100th Airbus 320 aircraft to the fleet, and introduced “BetaBlue,” the first aircraft of its kind in the United States to feature onboard texting and e-mail. JetBlue was also recognized with the Airbus Operational Excellent Award for operating the World’s Most Reliable A320 Fleet.
David studied at the University of Michigan where he majored in Economics and Political Science, and in 2007 endowed the Barger Leadership Institute in the Organizational Studies Programs. The institute was one of the first programs in the nation to offer leadership-learning experiences to undergraduates through specially designed fellowships, internships and research.
David is a member of the Board of Governors and Treasurer of the Flight Safety Foundation, an independent, non-profit, international organization engaged in research, auditing, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety. He is a First Vice President of the Wing’s Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing aviation through discussion, education and community support activities and will become President of the Club in March of 2009.
David is also active in Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning (PENCIL), based in New York City. Since 2003 he has been paired with Principle Monica George to help develop a professional development program designed to retain new teachers and support the staff of PS 153, the Adam Clayton Powell in West Harlem, New York.