John Kirby is the Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines. In this role, he leads the long-term network strategy, commercial fleet planning, capacity planning, and schedule planning & distribution functions for the airline. Prior to joining Spirit Airlines in November of 2018, Kirby was Vice President of Capacity Planning & Alliances at Alaska Air Group. Before joining Alaska Airlines in 2014, Kirby held senior positions at Southwest Airlines in domestic & international planning, and led the creation of the Southwest international business management group. In addition, Kirby headed the network planning group at AirTran Airways from December 1999 until May 2011 prior to the acquisition by Southwest Airlines. Kirby has also held management positions in network planning at US Airways, and Northwest Airlines. He began his aviation career in 1983 with People Express Airlines. An alumnus of Montclair State University, Kirby lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife Libby. His daughter Kayla is deployed in Vietnam as a member of the Peace Corp, and his son Mitchell is in his senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder.