United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE:UAL) Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz, who had a heart transplant in January after having a heart attack five months ago, said that he would return to work full-time next week.
Munoz said he would resume his full-time duties on Monday, March 14. The 57-year-old Munoz took over as Untied Airlines’ CEO in September. But he suffered a heart attack a month later and received a heart transplant in January.
The speed of Munoz’s recovery surprised everyone. The company that Munoz had been participating in all major corporate decisions during his recovery and has been meeting with employees and shareholders. He even joined a conference call with investors and analysts just after twoweek of the operation.
“I am thrilled to return full-time to a job and the employees I love,” Munoz said in the statement.
Munoz’s return is good news for the company. Since Munoz took over in September, the company has shown signs of improvements. He made some progress with labor and customer relations, brought free snacks back to the economy cabin of its flights and improved its on-time arrival and cancellation rates.
“Since September when I became CEO, our team has been focused on our employees, improving the operation and the customer experience, and the results are starting to show,” Munoz said in the statement. “In fact, over the past several months United has emerged as a top performer in on-time arrivals and completion factor among our largest industry peers. I am grateful to our 85,000 aviation professionals around the world at United for running such a great airline and taking care of our customers.”