Virgin set to grab Virgin USA CEO from US airline
Thursday February 12, 11:49 am ET
LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Richard Branson's Virgin Group is set to chose a chief executive for its planned U.S. low-fares unit from a shortlist of three U.S. airline executives, the company said on Thursday.
The announcement is imminent as the group's board agreed in principle at a meeting in London on Wednesday to go ahead with the airline, a spokesman said.
"We reckon that the chief executive announcement will be about the 23rd of February when an individual is prepared to let his name go into the frame," he said, adding three candidates from U.S. airlines had been considered.
The spokesman said Virgin was speaking to three plane manufacturers about planes for the new carrier.
Its low-fare carriers Virgin Express (Brussels:VIRG.BR - News) in Belgium and Virgin Blue (Australia:VBA.AX
- News) in Australia fly Boeing Co (NYSE
:BA - News) fleets, though flagship long-haul airline Virgin Atlantic has Boeing and Airbus (Paris:EAD.PA - News; XETRA:EAD.DE - News) planes.
Interesting--anybody come to mind?