Virgin Atlantic has announced that American Airlines executive Craig Kreeger will be its next chief executive officer.
Mr. Kreeger will take up the job on February 1, replacing Steve Ridgway, who is retiring after 11 years.
The news comes a month after US carrier Delta Air Lines bought Singapore Airlines' 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic for US$360 million.
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson said Mr. Kreeger was the right person to take charge at this dynamic and challenging time for the airline.
Virgin and Delta are forming an operational partnership that will give the US airline more access to take-off and landing slots at London's Heathrow Airport.
Virgin Atlantic which exited the London to Kingston route last April still flies out of that gateway to Montego Bay.