Vice President and Chief Economist,
Airlines for America
John Heimlich joined Airlines for America (A4A) in April 2001 and currently serves as vice president and chief economist. Prior to A4A, Heimlich spent five years at United Airlines in financial planning, financial analysis and international and regulatory affairs.
Heimlich is Chairman of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Board of Directors and represents A4A in the MIT Airline Industry Consortium and the Air Transport Research International Forum (ATRIF). Heimlich also serves on the steering committee of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and on the Joint Steering Group of the A4A-Defense Logistics Agency Strategic Alliance for Alternative Aviation Fuels. In 2010 and 2011, Heimlich and colleague Nancy Young were voted among the top 50 people in bioenergy. In December 2010, Heimlich received the Armbrust Aviation Group’s award for “Distinguished Achievement in Aviation.”
A native of Kent, Ohio, Heimlich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.