CommutAir names Lon Ziegler as its Vice President of Maintenance, as the airline mobilizes to triple the size of its fleet and expand its flying footprint as it inducts 40 Embraer 145 aircraft under the previously announced United Express agreement.
Mr. Lon Ziegler has been CommutAir’s Director of Maintenance for the past several months. He was previously with ExpressJet Airlines where he was the Director of Maintenance with full oversight of the airline’s Part 119 certificate with more than 400 aircraft and 1,300 technical operations employees.
Lon joined Bar Harbor Airlines, in 1985, as an A&P mechanic, after leaving the Air Force and rapidly progressed to Director of Maintenance, with stints as QC Instructor, QC Supervisor and Maintenance Manager.
During his career, Lon has supervised maintenance on aircraft fleets including Beech 99, C-99, 1900c, EMB 110, CV-600, Saab 340, ATR-42, and Cessna 402 aircraft. He became Continental Express’ Regional Director after it merged with Bar Harbor and rose to Director of Maintenance of its ExpressJet incarnation over the next decade. He is one of the world’s authorities on the ERJ145 platform. Lon received an AAT in Aviation Technology and his A&P License from Williamsport Area Community College in 1985.
Lon will report to Joel T. Raymond, COO of CommutAir, who stated:
“I’ve been impressed with Lon’s leadership since he joined the CommutAir maintenance organization. I’m confident Lon’s strategic vision and business acumen in running a large, complex maintenance organization will allow CommutAir to continue to evolve its key processes, procedures and infrastructure to successfully execute our significant growth plans and vision.”
CommutAir, operating as United Express, was founded in 1989 and is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc.
Today, CommutAir operates more than 900 weekly flights to 30 + destinations, with Bombardier Q200/300 and Embraer ERJ145 aircrafts, from bases in Newark, NJ and Washington Dulles. CommutAir’s 700 + employees are well known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.