WASHINGTON, December 4, 2017 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today named Alison McAfee to serve as the new managing director, communications.
McAfee, who begins her new role effective immediately, brings immense industry experience to A4A and has spent more than 15 years in public relations, specializing in consumer and travel PR, crisis communications and issues management.
Since 2013, Alison served as the senior director of corporate communications at Hawaiian Airlines in Honolulu, where she led the airline’s global media relations and internal communications strategies. From 2006 to 2013, she worked at JetBlue Airways in New York as a spokesperson and manager of external communications, where she focused on growing the airline’s marketing, brand and sales priorities.
McAfee will report to Vaughn Jennings, A4A’s vice president, communications.
“Alison is a skilled and highly respected communicator who brings a unique perspective on the industry to A4A,” said Jennings. “Her extensive experience within the airline industry is vital to A4A’s mission to advocate on behalf of our members for policies that benefit the traveling public. She will make an excellent addition to A4A’s communications team and we look forward to welcoming her into her new role.”
Prior to her time in the industry, McAfee was a publicist for NBC Sports and spent three years at Edelman Southwest, collaborating with clients including Whole Foods Market and Texas Tourism.
McAfee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.7 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.