Kurt Kinder is the Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering at Alaska Airlines and is responsible for setting the direction and long-term strategy for line maintenance, engineering, planning, material support and quality oversight.
Running a safe, compliant, and reliable maintenance operation is Kurt's primary focus. For the past several years, he has championed business intelligence efforts to improve analysis and utilization of real-time operational data to drive improvements. These efforts helped to solidify Alaska's position as No. 1 on-time major North American carrier seven years in a row by FlightStats, as well as the recipient of the FAA's AMT Diamond Award of Excellence for 16 years running.
Kurt joined Alaska Airlines in 1988 and quickly moved through the technician and management ranks. Prior to Vice President, Kurt served as Managing Director of Line Maintenance and 14 CFR 119.65 Director of Maintenance (DOM) for 10 years.
On top of being a self-proclaimed data junkie and robotic enthusiast, Kurt holds an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, an Airframe and Powerplant license, and the title of Alaska Airlines Legend (highest internal honor).