US Airways has named Keith Houk as the president and CEO of the combined Allegheny/Piedmont airlines following the retirement of Piedmont president and CEO John Leonard on March 31. The appointment brings Houk to Piedmont’s Salisbury, Md. base from Middletown, Pa., where he served as president and CEO of Allegheny Airlines, recently merged into Piedmont as part of a strategy by US Airways to consolidate its entire Dash 8 turboprop fleet into a single operation. The other wholly owned US Airways Express subsidiary, Akron-based PSA Airlines, expects to retire its entire fleet of Dornier 328s as it continues to take delivery of new Bombardier CRJs.
Leonard served with the US Airways Express division ever since US Airways absorbed the operations of wholly owned Piedmont Airlines in 1989. Houk joined US Airways as president of Allegheny Commuter affiliate Jetstream International Airlines when US Airways acquired Jetstream in 1988.