Western Global Airlines, the only wide-body cargo airline to have been certified by the FAA and DOT to FAR 121 standards in recent history, is privately owned by James K. (Jim) Neff and Sunny Neff. Both Sunny and Jim have a unique combination of strong corporate backgrounds and significant success in starting, building and running their own entrepreneurial ventures in aviation.
Jim Neff, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Western Global Holdings
Jim Neff is one of the most transformative visionaries in modern air cargo. From orchestrating the massive international expansion of the world’s largest all cargo airline, Flying Tigers, to capitalizing on deregulation by perceiving and building the dedicated air systems for Emery Air Freight and Burlington Air Express, to the creation, development and sale of his own airline Southern Air Inc., Jim has developed highly successful air cargo operations for both large public companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. His overriding objective has always been to chart new paths, in anticipation of changes in the market and the environment, which would fundamentally revolutionize the industry moving forward.
Western Global Airlines is Jim Neff’s masterpiece, the culmination of a lifetime of accomplishments and contributions in the air cargo and aviation industries which commenced upon his graduation from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. WGA fulfills the 21st century requirements of today’s airlines and logistic companies by providing truly flexible low cost capacity. The entire organization is structured to respond quickly to the customer. Team WGA is experienced, agile, friendly and geared to problem solving. A charismatic leader, inspiring mentor and accessible down-to-earth friend, Jim is a magnet that attracts brilliant industry experts who share his passion, drive and dedication. Consequently, he has assembled the best people to join him at WGA. Jim also believes in owning and controlling the assets, strengths which support the company’s innovative platform and allow it unprecedented independence and creativity.
Sunny Neff, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Prior to co-owning Southern Air, Sunny held corporate management positions in aviation at Flying Tigers and Air Cal as well as in consumer marketing at Mattel. In addition, she distinguished herself as a management consultant in transportation, strategic marketing, planning and technology at Marketing Corporation of America, Weston Group and Redding Consultants. Relentlessly innovative and strategic, with wide ranging expertise and significant investments in the airline industry, Sunny has established herself as a leading woman in aviation and an inspiration to others. She earned her BA in Economics Summa cum Laude at UCLA and MBA with high honors at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.
In 2014 and 2015 WGA supported the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by flying dozens of relief missions directly into the affected areas. We are very proud of this effort and continue to support humanitarian relief efforts wherever they are needed, most recently in Haiti, Madagascar, and Puerto Rico.