NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2024 ~ Atlanta, GA - Wheels Up Experience Inc. (NYSE: UP) has announced significant changes to its Atlanta-based operations team in an effort to solidify its position as a top global aviation solutions provider. The company's CEO, George Mattson, expressed his excitement about working with the new team and their potential to lead the industry in performance and reliability.

Leading the organizational changes is Dave Holtz, who joined Wheels Up in March 2022 as Chairman of Operations after a successful 42-year career at Delta Air Lines. In his new role as Chief Operating Officer, Holtz will be responsible for driving the company's operational improvement journey.

The recent changes to the team were completed over the last few weeks and were officially announced today. Rob Hamilton, who brings over 25 years of part 135 operations management experience, has been appointed as Senior Vice President of Operations. He will oversee the Member Operations Center (MOC) team, which includes Flight Control, Mission Planning, Member Services, and Enterprise Operations Management.

Pat Busscher has been named Senior Vice President of Maintenance after joining Wheels Up in September. With a distinguished 39-year career in maintenance and operations at Delta Air Lines, including 10 years running maintenance control, Busscher has already made significant contributions to Wheels Up's capabilities since joining the team late last year.

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Patrick Burns also joined Wheels Up on February 1st as Senior Vice President of Flight Operations. With over 25 years of experience at Delta Air Lines and having led their pilot group of over 17,000 strong pilots as VP of Flight Operations and System Chief Pilot, Burns brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role.

Todd Wesoloskie has been appointed as Vice President of Flight Operations after serving as Wheels Up's pilot recruiter for the past five years. With over 35 years of aviation experience in various roles such as aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, and pilot, Wesoloskie will work closely with Patrick Burns to oversee flight operations.

Al Mann, who has over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, will continue to lead Wheels Up's in-house safety team as Vice President of Safety, Security, and Compliance. His expertise and leadership will be critical in maintaining the company's strong safety culture.

These changes bring a wealth of experience to Wheels Up, with the new team members collectively having over 250 years of aviation expertise. Several of these executives previously held leadership positions at Delta Air Lines, which is known for being one of the most respected carriers in the world.

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Dave Holtz, Wheels Up's Chief Operating Officer, expressed his confidence in the new team and their commitment to delivering exceptional experiences for every customer on every flight. He also highlighted their familiarity with the company and its operations, making them well-equipped to drive continuous operational improvements.

Wheels Up is a leading provider of on-demand private aviation services in the U.S. and one of the largest private aviation companies globally. With a large and diverse fleet and a strong focus on safety and service, Wheels Up offers membership programs, charter services, whole aircraft sales, and unique commercial travel benefits through its partnership with Delta Air Lines.

The company's mission is to connect private flyers to aircraft and each other through an open platform that enables life's most important experiences. With a global private aviation marketplace connecting approximately 11,000 members and customers to a network of approximately 1,500 safety-vetted private aircrafts, Wheels Up is revolutionizing private travel for millions worldwide.

To learn more about Wheels Up and its services, visit However, readers are advised to exercise caution when considering any forward-looking statements made by the company as they may be subject to various risks and uncertainties.
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