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.
Airlines for America (A4A) members are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.
A4A advocates on behalf of the leading U.S. airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers. A4A works collaboratively with industry stakeholders, federal agencies, the Administration, Congress, labor and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.