United CEO Oscar Munoz Doesn’t Fly United (But Hopes to Soon)

Scott Mayerowitz, covering yesterday’s launch of a new United Airlines premium product, shared this interesting tidbit about United CEO Oscar Munoz’s health having returned to the job after a heart transplant shortly following his being appointed to the role.

Munoz has been flying around the country visiting employees and key clients. Under doctor’s orders, he’s only flown on private planes following the transplant, avoiding all commercial jets, including those of his own airline.

Munoz says he tours enough planes on the ground and sees employees in action and that the flight restriction will be lifted in a few weeks.

The CEO of United has been under doctor’s orders not to even fly commercial. It’s pretty amazing that he is at work running an airline when his doctors won’t even let him fly. We certainly wish him – and United – continued recovery!

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  1. Everything I read about the guy is impressive, so either it’s true or he has fantastic PR.

  2. The reason is because the transplant anti rejection drugs result in an comprised immune system.

  3. Strangest doctors orders I’ve ever heard of. If the stress of flying UA is too great for him, then I can’t see how he can possibly be fit enough to do his job.

  4. Before everyone gets on the judgmental train – talking to NB here – it’s because his immune system is very vulnerable after going under transplant surgery, not because he think he’s above his own airline. Some doctors order some patients to stay home to avoid an virus attacking his system.

  5. I have a doctor’s order not to stay at a specific hotel (not a chain but a single building) due to infection after every visit (at least the past 3 years). Transplant surgeons are incredibly picky (as they probably should be).

  6. The guy is so full of crap. He’s an elitist who believes he’s to good to fly like a common person. This article has made me change my mind about flying United.

  7. If its about the immune system – wouldn’t it be much more harming to attend these kind of press events than flying first class on a large aircraft?

    As far as I know the air is being filtered continuously in an aircraft, while in a stuffy conference hall full of reporters it’d be difficult not too catch anything even for a healthy person..

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