Southern Air Holdings, a U.S. cargo airline, announced Monday that Robert L. Crandall has joined its board of directors.

This is Crandall’s first directorship on an airline since he retired from AMR and American in 1998, although he had been chairman and CEO of Pogo Jet, which had planned to launch an air taxi service using ultra-small business jets.

“Southern Air is one of the most experienced and fastest growing air cargo carriers in the world,” Mr. Crandall said in the company’s press release. “The company has an exceptional record of performance and great potential in its markets. I look forward to working closely with CEO Dan McHugh, his management team and the board to support Southern Air’s continued expansion and long-term success.”

Southern Air CEO Daniel J. McHugh said Crandall was “renowned in the industry and his decision to join our board is an important endorsement of what we are accomplishing at Southern Air.

“His deep knowledge of the aviation industry and proven track record of leadership will be invaluable as we seek to position the company to be the world’s leading ACMI operator by continuing to expand our customer offerings while maintaining the highest standards of safety, reliability and customer service,” McHugh said.

ACMI is “aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance.”

Southern Air operates 14 Boeing 747 freighters and two Boeing 777 freighters. It is based in Norwalk, Conn.

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