A Seahawk Soars in JetBlue: BC Alumni Becomes General Manager
It’s 4 p.m. on a Monday but to Franky Elias, it already seems like Friday. That’s how long the day feels for the General Manager of JetBlue at Orlando International Airport. His job is intense but his smile translates the passion and joy he has for his job as he gives his best to the company that has allowed him to grow as a professional.
Franky graduated from Broward College in 2004 with an A.S. in Aviation Administration. During his time as a student, he took advantage of numerous internships opportunities that were offered as part of his degree.
“I understand what the airport does thanks to my internships, I know how the airport works and it has made my job a lot easier having that knowledge,” Franky says.
Rising through the ranks
A veteran of the air force, Franky began his career in aviation working as airport ramp agent for JetBlue at Fort Lauderdale Airport two years after graduation. While working towards his BAS in Aviation, Franky was promoted to the position of general agent within the company and after completing his bachelors, he was promoted once more, to supervisor.
With a lot of hard work and dedication, Franky has experienced significant career growth with JetBlue. Between 2012 and 2014 he was assigned as the Airport General for the airline’s location in San Juan Puerto Rico. While there, he increased the number of daily flights from 18 to 50.
In 2014, Franky was again promoted, this time to Airport General Manager for JetBlue at Orlando International.
A day in the life of…
With such a job, “there’s no typical day” as Franky says, but if there’s anything characteristic, it would be the long list of responsibilities each.
“This job entails the management of 450 employees, a $30 million budget, and 56 daily departures,” Franky explains. “It’s a lot of responsibility but I enjoy the challenge”
His responsibilities include acting as a liaison between the airline and the airport authority. In addition, Franky also spends a lot of time at JetBlue’s headquarters in New York. He explains that his current job is very versatile and though his initial goal was to be a pilot, he’s happy he discovered this side of the industry that has proved to be just as exciting.
“If you’re passionate about aviation and flying but for some reason, you are not able to, there are many jobs within the industry that will still fulfill your dream,” he says.
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