American Airways president Scott Kirby is shifting to rival United Continental to take up the identical job.
Mr Kirby had been seen as a future chief government of American Airways, however as an alternative will transfer straight into his new job at United.
American Airways is giving him greater than $13m (£10m) in severance pay.
United’s monetary efficiency has been lagging behind rivals and Mr Kirby’s appointment will convey additional expertise to the administration group.
Final summer time, United chief government Jeff Smisek stepped down amid a corruption investigation.
A number of months later, United’s board confronted a leadership challenge from two activist hedge funds.
United’s present chief government Oscar Munoz can also be thought-about an business newcomer and has been scuffling with well being points following a heart attack last year.
“Scott is a confirmed chief, whose deep airline expertise and experience will additional speed up our efforts to construct one of the best airline within the business,” Mr Munoz stated in a press release.
“Scott’s appointment, together with different current management bulletins, is the end result of the formation of my senior management workforce”.
Mr Kirby performed a key half within the 2005 mixture of America West and US Airways, in addition to the 2013 merger of American and US Airways.
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