Previous FAA Administrator and long-term FedEx executive providing strategic counsel on key initiatives for the aerial logistics company
March 30, 2021
(San Francisco, CA) March 30, 2021 – Airflow, an aerial logistics company building the first electric-STOL aircraft for middle-mile logistics, today announced the appointment of veteran aviation executive, Allan McArtor, to its advisory board. In this role, McArtor will advise Airflow as it works to build the solution for rapid middle-mile logistics amid the global surge in e-commerce.
McArtor spent nearly two decades as Chairman of Airbus Americas, overseeing all activities in the United States. During his time at the helm, McArtor’s strategic vision increased the company’s commercial aviation market share significantly.
“We are honored to have Allan on board as we enter this next stage of our business at Airflow,” said Marc Ausman, Co-founder and CEO, Airflow. “The explosive e-commerce growth of the last five years, which was further accelerated by the global pandemic, has outpaced existing logistics modalities. The time is now for a solution that enables same- and next-day e-commerce in a low cost, sustainable way. Adding Allan’s expertise to our wealth of aviation knowledge makes me more confident than ever that Airflow will be the company that delivers such a solution to global logistics and retail businesses.”
A longtime member of the senior management team at FedEx prior to Airbus, President Ronald Reagan appointed McArtor as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. As Administrator, McArtor’s modern outlook proved to be instrumental in growing public confidence in air travel. A decorated Air Force veteran and combat fighter in the Vietnam War, he is a graduate of the U.S. Airforce Academy, where he served as an Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics.
“Marc and the Airflow team are pursuing an incredible market opportunity with the potential to disrupt aerial logistics as we know it and enable companies to sustainably meet the demands of today’s customers,” said Allan McArtor. “I’m proud of, and energized by, the chance to apply my expertise as Airflow develops and brings to market aircraft and software systems to evolve the logistics industry with a new aerial solution.”
Airflow was founded in 2019 by five former Airbus Vahana team members to bring eSTOL capabilities to the middle-mile logistics market. The team is passionate about expanding aviation benefits and has deep experience in aerospace and technology development. The founding team's background includes companies like Airbus, Eclipse Aviation, Northrop Grumman, Uber Elevate, Airware, and Scaled Composites.