Release #: FFT 21.02
November 17, 2021

Frontier Pilots Elect New Master Executive Council Chair

DENVER—The Frontier Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has chosen a veteran union volunteer as the leader representing the group’s more than 1,700 pilots.

Meeting in Denver this week, the voting members of the FFT MEC elected Capt. Alan Christie, who currently serves as MEC secretary-treasurer, to fill the vacancy that will be left by current MEC chair Capt. Brian Ketchum. Capt. Christie will take office January 1, 2022 and serve until Ketchum’s term concludes on March 31, 2023.

Christie is a Las Vegas-based Airbus 320/321 pilot entering his 20th year at Frontier. He previously worked as a corporate jet pilot for 18 years, in addition to stints at America West Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Kitty Hawk Air Cargo, and Gemini Air Cargo. He has served as a union volunteer on the Pilot-to-Pilot Committee, Strategic Preparedness Committee, Communications Committee, as a media spokesperson during contract negotiations, and two terms as MEC secretary-treasurer. He lives in Avon, Colo.

“Every Frontier pilot owes Brian Ketchum a great debt of gratitude for his long service on their behalf,” Christie said. “He led our union when it was independent, shepherded the group through our merger with ALPA, and has always been a wise and respected voice for our pilots.”

The MEC secretary-treasurer position will remain vacant until an election can be held.

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