Cape Air’s Founder & CEO
In 1989 Daniel A. Wolf founded Cape Air with one route between Boston and Provincetown, eight employees and a first-year total of just 8,000 passengers. Today, Cape Air, along with sister airline Nantucket Airlines, is the largest commuter airline in the United States. Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines’ fleet of Cessna 402s Britten-Norman Islanders and ATR-42s fly to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines is partly an employee-owned company with a workforce of approximately 1,000 serving more than 735,000 passengers a year.
Dan’s secondary education was at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a bachelor’s degree in Political Philosophy from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At the Quaker School of Aeronautics he received a degree in Airframe and Power Plant Maintenance. Dan continues to stay current with his Air Transport Pilot license and flies as a pilot for Cape Air on weekends during the busy summer season.
In November 2010 and 2012, Dan was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate representing Cape Cod and the Islands.
Dan serves on a number of boards including the Regional Airline Association, the Cape Cod Business Round Table, the Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod, the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Under Dan’s leadership Cape Air has received recognition for being one of the most philanthropic companies in southeastern Massachusetts. In June of 2010 Dan received an honorary doctorate degree from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Dan received the “Good Guy” award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus for his outstanding support of women in the workforce. The Commuter/Regional Airline News named Dan Turboprop Executive of the Year and he was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New England in 2008. Dan resides with his wife in Harwich, Massachusetts where he enjoys a morning bike ride daily and traveling to visit his three grown daughters.