Tuesday, August 25, 2015

MIT scientist Peter Belobaba joins OneJet

OneJet, the new air transportation network that provides increased access to nonstop travel in small and medium size markets, welcomed Peter Belobaba to its senior advisory team on Tuesday. Recognized as one of the foremost global experts in the field of airline revenue management and optimization, Belobaba is principal research scientist at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology's (MIT) International Center for Air Transportation and director of the University's Global Airline Program. Belobaba will advise on matters of network composition and management, serving in this capacity alongside MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart and fellow MIT Global Airline Research Engineer William Swelbar. He will also support OneJet's Director of Engineering, Barry Smith, former chief scientist of Sabre, the world's largest airline technology company.

"OneJet is engaging the tremendous challenges, and therein opportunities, created by the unprecedented structural changes currently taking place within the U.S. air transportation system,” said Swelbar. “Peter's appointment not only reflects the scale of the opportunity at hand but also a razor focus to engage our industry's very best in order to maximize the reach and effectiveness of the OneJet network in improving service options within the lower volume air markets which collectively constitute roughly half of our nation's air transportation traffic."

"The OneJet program represents the opportunity to combine mass scale distribution and on demand based optimization science to create highly efficient, scalable networks which can sustainably provide easily accessible and relatively low cost nonstop travel solutions for businesses and consumers,” Belobaba said.

Recently, OneJet announced a multi-phase expansion schedule, following the successful piloting of the program between April and July of this year. The company will add up to twelve destination and/or focus cities through 2016 in parallel with a structured fleet expansion. Tuesday's announcement follows last week's appointment of former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray Lahood, to the OneJet team. Both gentlemen complement an existing base of transportation leadership, including former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation, John Porcari, Virgin America founding CEO and former Delta President, Fred Reid, and former Kayak Chairman, Terry Jones.

OneJet flights operate from main commercial terminals and airports in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Memphis, and Nashville, providing weekday service on Hawker 400 light jet aircraft.

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