Captain Ed Davidson

President & COO

As a senior airline and aerospace executive, Ed has over 35 years of air transport flight operations, flight safety and line flying experience. Additionally, since 1999, he has been actively holding a number of senior executive leadership roles with increasing responsibility for operational and strategic management with domestic US and international aerospace companies. He presently provides the overall corporate leadership for National Airlines as their President and Chief Operating Officer, and was previously COO of Hawaii’s second largest airline, Island Air, Inc. (owned by Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison) and ran the International Aerospace consulting practice of a $1B US consulting firm with domestic and international government and industry clients. Regulators, air carriers and industry recognize his capabilities and leadership skills and he is a sought-after speaker and panel member at a number of global aerospace conferences.

Ed has a proven track record of financial and management oversight of large operating units including P&L responsibility for a multi-million dollar international and domestic operating budget at his current employer, a $42M consulting practice at his former employer and previously the oversight of a $250M annual operating and $80M CapEx budget at Emirates Airline. He understands the need for cost control and innovative revenue management techniques as well as the challenges of leading a globally diverse organization of disparate ethnicities. Ed and his wife resided for over 4 years in the Middle East and learned to appreciate the role played by cultural assimilation in ensuring the success of ex-patriot staff members.

At various times during his operational leadership at Northwest, Champion Air, Mesaba Airlines and Island Air, Captain Davidson either worked with or led the labor relations and negotiation teams for both management and union labor groups. His labor relations experience has resulted in his acceptance to the labor arbitration panels of the US National Mediation Board, American Arbitration Association and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Captain Davidson’s wide range of line operational, government/industry consulting and senior leadership capabilities provides an employer with a seasoned, senior leader of uncommon experience and talent.

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  • Captain Kevin L Hiatt
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