Landon Nitschke

Vice President Maintenance Operations

Landon Nitschke

Title: Vice President Maintenance Operations

JOB DESCRIPTION: Provides safe, reliable, and on time aircraft to Southwest passengers and crewmembers. This includes the maintenance of Southwest fleet of almost 700 aircraft.

EXPERIENCE: Landon joined Southwest in 2012 as Sr. Director Maintenance. Prior to Southwest, Landon's airline career included the positions of Vice President of Operations at Aviation Technical Services and Managing Director of Line Maintenance at Northwest/Delta Airlines. He started his maintenance career in 1992 as an Aviation Maintenance Technician for Northwest/Delta.

EDUCATION: After earning a degree in Airline Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Landon went on to earn a second degree in Business Administration. He also has an A&P license from Dakota Aerotech.

LENGTH OF SERVICE AT SOUTHWEST: Landon joined the Southwest family in 2012.

FAMILY: Landon and his wife Staci have two sons, Logan and Lawson. In his spare time, Landon likes any outdoor activity like snowmobiling, hunting, camping and hiking. An Eagle Scout himself, Landon also enjoys staying active in the Boy Scouts of America with his sons.

FIRST PAYING JOB: Picking weeds at a tractor junk yard.

PROUDEST MOMENT: The births of our children

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: You learn more from your bad Leaders than you do from great Leaders. You learn what not to do....

BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: Don't get yourself into a situation that Landon can't help get you out of....

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