John Heimlich, Vice Chair

John Heimlich joined the Airlines for America in April 2001 and currently serves as vice president and chief economist.

He is also a member of the MIT Airline Industry Consortium, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and the Air Transport Research International Forum (ATRIF). Heimlich played central roles in securing legislation to stabilize the industry after 9/11 and to reimburse carriers for security costs during the Iraq War. He also coordinated the industry’s efforts to overcome fuel-supply disruptions during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Gustav and Ike in 2008. Heimlich regularly interfaces with academia, Wall Street and members of the press regarding matters of energy and economics.

Prior to A4A, Heimlich spent five years at United Airlines in financial planning, financial analysis and international and regulatory affairs. A native of Kent, Ohio, Heimlich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.