CommutAir, a United Express® Carrier, Appoints Robert L. Rinne Managing Director of Materials and Sourcing

NORTH OLMSTED, OH., Aug. 23, 2017, CommutAir has appointed Robert L. Rinne as Managing Director of Materials and Sourcing to be based in Albany, New York.

Rob will oversee CommutAir’s supply chain management organization- including purchasing, rotable repairs, inventory control and planning, component reliability, and vendor contracts. “Rob’s vast experience at high-growth companies and his experience with developing organizations and implementing processes and systems will be invaluable to CommutAir as we grow and add bases and facilities,” said Lon Ziegler, CommutAir’s Vice President of Maintenance.

Rob comes to CommutAir after seven years at Allegiant Air where he was Director of Technical Procurement and Contracts, responsible for Maintenance, Flight Ops, In-Flight, and IT procurement. Rob holds a Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and is a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M). “I joined CommutAir because I saw an exciting opportunity to build a first-class materials organization at a fast-growing airline,” said Rinne.

Rob and his wife Linda will relocate from Las Vegas. Rob is an avid weekend powered and glider aircraft pilot and frequently conducts cadent orientation flights as well as search and rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol.



Through 2019, CommutAir will triple in size to an all-jet fleet of 61 aircraft and actively hire in all areas.  CommutAir’s Maintenance Technician pay fully compensates for previous experience, and CommutAir’s industry-leading Pilot benefits include:

  • United Airlines Career Path Program (CPP)
  • $22,100 sign-on bonus with paid ATP-CTP
  • Rapid position upgrades – junior-most captain hired April 2017
  • Top-Tier pay and benefits – including the industry’s first and best Commuter policy

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About CommutAir

Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc.  CommutAir operates 900+ weekly flights to 30+ destinations, using Bombardier Dash-8 Q200 and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles. CommutAir’s 800+ employees are well-known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.

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