Fred E. Cleveland joined American Eagle Airlines as Senior Vice President – Technical Operations in December 2009. He is responsible for overseeing the Flight Department, the Systems Operations Control (SOC) Center and the Maintenance and Engineering departments.
Cleveland is also responsible for the operation of 1,500 flights in the U.S., Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean, utilizing more than 250 aircraft. Additonally, Cleveland oversees the Eagle - heavy maintenance bases in Abilene, Texas, and Marquette, Michigan, which perform heavy maintenance on its fleet of ERJ and CRJ aircraft.
Cleveland joined American Airlines in 2008 as Vice President – Base Maintenance, where he led maintenance teams in Fort Worth, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. During his tenure, these three bases increased their on-time delivery of aircraft back to the operation, improved productivity and compliance — all through continuous process improvement, and without adding additional headcount.
Prior to joining American, Cleveland served 28 years in the U.S. Navy in a number of capacities, including aircraft carrier operations and aircraft maintenance and overhaul. In his last assignment, Captain Cleveland served as the Commanding Officer for the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, located in San Diego, California, where he directed all phases of the Navy’s largest airframe aviation industrial activity. He has served several sea deployments, including service during Operation Desert Storm.
Cleveland received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He also holds an Master of Business Administration degree in Systems Management and is certified by the Department of Defense in Manufacturing, Production and Quality. He is a Certified Professional Logistician by the Society of Logistical Engineers, holds a LEAN/Six Sigma Green Belt certification and is certified by the Goldratt Institute in the Theory of Constraints JONAH.