United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz to Return to Job After Heart Transplant

Oscar Munoz United AirlinesUnited Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will return full-time to his job starting March 14th after recovering from a heart transplant the carrier said in a press release Sunday.

Munoz underwent the major surgery on January 6th after suffering a heart attack in October.

In the release, Munoz said:

“I am thrilled to return full-time to a job and the employees I love. Since September when I became CEO, our team has been focused on our employees, improving the operation and the customer experience, and the results are starting to show … We have a lot of positive momentum, but this is just the beginning. There is significant work underway and we see substantial upside yet to come.”

Munoz succeeded former United chief Jeff Smisek who resigned because of probes into United’s relationship with the Port Authority of New York.

Munoz returns to an airline that continues to be bogged down by labor troubles:

In mid-February, United Airlines’ mechanics overwhelmingly voted to reject the company’s contract offer and authorized a strike. More than 93 percent of the ballots cast — more than 7,800 members of the Teamsters voted — opposed the contract United put in front of them in October, one that would cover 9,000 mechanics in the bargaining unit.

In a statement after the defeat, Munoz said he would “personally meet with each of our labor leaders to make sure we reach an agreement that will work for our technicians.”Munoz returns to an airline that continues to be bogged down by labor troubles.

In mid-February, United Airlines’ mechanics overwhelmingly voted to reject the company’s contract offer and authorized a strike. More than 93 percent of the ballots cast — more than 7,800 members of the Teamsters voted — opposed the contract United put in front of them in October, one that would cover 9,000 mechanics in the bargaining unit.

In a statement after the defeat, Munoz said he would “personally meet with each of our labor leaders to make sure we reach an agreement that will work for our technicians.”

Brett Hart had been acting as interim CEO in Munoz’ absence.

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