Elaine Chao, former Labor Secretary and former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, will apparently be nominated to become Secretary of Transportation.
She’s also former President of the United Way and a former board member of Northwest Airlines. Prior service at DOT includes a stint as deputy administrator of Maritime Administration.
A successful Senate confirmation seems likely. She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
While I wouldn’t expect her to be as airline-friendly as House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Airlines for America), it’s reasonable to expect her Transportation Department to be more amenable to things like an American-Qantas expanded joint venture.