People http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Mon, 15 Jul 2024 17:02:37 +0100 Saudia appoints two members of its team to IATA’s advisory councils http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/saudia-appoints-two-members-of-its-team-to-iatas-advisory-councils

Faisal Sabbagh, executive vice president of finance and services at Saudia Group, has been appointed to the Industry Financial Advisory Council, while Abdulgader Attiah, chief data and technology officer at Saudia Group, has been appointed to join the Digital Transformation Advisory Council.

The advisory councils focus on identifying innovative solutions to advance the aviation sector and provide recommendations for qualitative initiatives in key areas including digital transformation, security, aviation safety, and sustainability.

Ibrahim Al-Omar, director general of Saudia Group, serves as an elected member of IATA’s Board of Governors, the highest legislative body within the organisation. In addition, he holds positions in both the Chair Committee and the Nominating Committee, playing a crucial role in overseeing and guiding IATA’s strategic direction.

With these new appointments, Saudia’s representation in IATA’s advisory councils has now reached six members across six of the association’s nine councils.

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Saudia has appointed two members of its senior leadership team to IATA’s influential advisory councils.

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Mon, 15 Jul 2024 16:02:37 +0000 eNethersole 68657 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Emirates appoints Mohammad Lootah as country manager Switzerland http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/emirates-appoints-mohammad-lootah-as-country-manager-switzerland

Based at Emirates’ Zurich office, he will oversee the airline’s overall business in Switzerland, including sales and service functions for passenger and airport operations. Emirates currently operates double-daily flights between its two gateways Zurich and Geneva and the airline’s global Dubai hub.

The UAE national Mohammad Lootah has been with Emirates since 2016 and has served in several management capacities around the Middle East region, including Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait and Jordan. His most recent position was Area Manager Israel. He reports to Thierry Aucoc, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Europe and Russian Federation.

Mohammad Lootah said: “I am delighted to be leading Emirates’ operations in Switzerland, one of our key markets in Europe. I look forward to working with the local Emirates team, to foster the close collaboration with our local trade and industry partners in the market and to develop and grow Emirates’ presence in the Swiss market.”

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Emirates has appointed Mohammad Lootah as its new country manager for Switzerland, effective 2 July 2024.

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Mon, 15 Jul 2024 15:51:21 +0000 eNethersole 68656 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Emirates Group announces senior appointments http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/emirates-group-announces-senior-appointments

This latest list of promotions and senior appointments include 7 UAE nationals, many of whom have grown their careers at the Emirates Group in different roles and continue to play key roles in the organisation’s success.

HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “These appointments reflect the expanded scale, breadth, and ambition of our business. I’m heartened that we have been able to fill these roles with internal talent, including UAE nationals. The Emirates Group will continue to invest in being an employer of choice for the best talent in the industry, to deliver world-leading products and services, and reflect Dubai’s vision to be number one in everything we do.” 

Appointments effective 8 July:

Ali Mubarak Al Soori      Chief Procurement and Facilities Officer             

Ahmed Safa        Head of Engineering and MRO    

Badr Abbas         Divisional SVP Emirates SkyCargo

Capt Mark Burtonwood       Divisional SVP Group Safety and Network Operations  

Mostafa Karam   Divisional SVP Customer Affairs and Service Audit

Yousuf Mohammad Ali              Divisional SVP Group Procurement and Logistics

David Broz           SVP Aeropolitical and Airline Industry Affairs

Devarajan Srinivasan    SVP Facilities and Asset Management  

Mahmood Al Khaja       SVP Material Management and Repairs

Will Lofberg         SVP International and Government Affairs  

Appointments effective 1 September:

Shahreyar Nawabi         CEO Emirates Flight Catering      

Mahmood Ameen          Divisional SVP Engineering Projects and Aircraft Procurement

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His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive, has announced senior appointments to support the organisation’s growth.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2024 08:34:50 +0000 eNethersole 68633 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Emirates welcomes 101-year-old centenarian Rachida Smati onboard http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/emirates-welcomes-101-year-old-centenarian-rachida-smati-onboard

To show its appreciation the airline extended a First-Class upgrade for Rachida. She was also greeted by a dedicated team ensuring she was fast-tracked through the airport before heading to the First-Class lounge for a relaxing experience ahead of boarding her flight.

Rachida, an Algerian national, flew to Algiers with Emirates after visiting friends and family in Dubai. Her third visit to the city, Rachida counts it as one of her favourite destinations for its accessibility, high standards of medical care and vibrant attractions. Rachida plans to become a repeat visitor with Emirates as her preferred airline.

Rachida said: "I had a great experience on my Emirates flight to Dubai, the cabin crew were very kind and helpful. I’m looking forward flying back to Algiers aboard Emirates and experiencing First Class, and I’m ever so grateful for the warm welcome by all of the teams.”

Born in Algeria in 1923, Rachida’s first flight was to Paris when she was 21 years old. She continues to be an avid traveller, and loves flying Emirates for its signature onboard experience and service, and unwavering focus on customer comfort on the ground and in the air.

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Emirates recently welcomed 101 year old centenarian and seasoned traveller Rachida Smati onboard its flight to Algiers.

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Tue, 02 Jul 2024 09:27:07 +0000 eNethersole 68609 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Pieter Elbers chairs IATA Board of Governors http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/pieter-elbers-chairs-iata-board-of-governors

His one-year term began at the conclusion of the 80th IATA Annual General Meeting in Dubai, on 3 June.

Elbers is the 82nd Chair of the IATA BoG. He served earlier on the BoG between 2016 and 2022 as KLM’s President and CEO and was reappointed to the Board in 2022 shortly after he became IndiGo’s CEO. He succeeds RwandAir CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo who will continue to serve on the BoG.

“It is indeed an honour to assume this role at a time when India is emerging as one of the world's largest and fastest growing civil aviation markets and evolving into a formidable force in the airline industry. Adhering to IATA’s legacy of aviation as a force for good, we will continue in our focus of highlighting the benefits of aviation in building connections, augmenting trade, tourism and mobility—benefits also so visible in India. At the same time, it is imperative that we persist in our commitment towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive and also more sustainable aviation industry, creating positive change for generations to come. IATA plays a pivotal role in establishing global standards; I am eager to continue collaborating with global industry leaders, regulators, and stakeholders towards our collective goals,” said Elbers.

Elbers has over 30 years of broad experience in the aviation industry. He has been CEO of IndiGo since September 2022 and has taken IndiGo on a journey of expansion and internationalisation since. Prior to joining IndiGo, he served for eight years as President and CEO of KLM. He started his career at KLM in 1992 as Manager Aircraft Loading and has held various key executive positions with KLM in The Netherlands, Japan, Greece, and Italy.

“I look forward to working with Pieter as we deliver the industry’s sustainability commitments, address supply chain challenges, and strengthen the global standards critical for our industry’s efficient connectivity. I also want to thank Yvonne for her strong support and leadership over the past year. She has helped us to firmly establish Focus Africa as a key initiative to expand aviation’s social and economic benefits on the continent. And, as our first female BoG Chair, Yvonne has been an inspiration for the 25by2025 initiative to improve aviation’s gender balance,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general.

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Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo, has assumed his duties as Chair of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG).

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Mon, 03 Jun 2024 14:40:15 +0000 eNethersole 68475 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Riyadh Air chooses Ashi as its cabin crew fashion designer http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/riyadh-air-chooses-ashi-as-its-cabin-crew-fashion-designer

Riyadh Air CEO Tony Douglas said: “It is a hugely proud moment for Riyadh Air to be working with an exceptionally talented designer such as Ashi for our beautiful cabin crew fashion line. Our cabin crew personify the panache and style that Riyadh Air represents, making it imperative to partner with a like-minded innovator who not only understands Saudi Arabian culture and hospitality, but also captures the essence of our brand with a bold, visual impact. The cabin crew fashion line is one of the first things our guests will see when they board our aircraft in 2025 and we are confident that Ashi’s unique designs will leave a lasting impression, ensuring the experience lives long in their memory after they have landed.

Ashi, founder and creative director of ASHI STUDIO said: “It’s such an honour to  collaborate with  Riyadh Air to design the airline’s first ever cabin crew fashion line. The airline will play an important role in the future of Saudi Arabia by making Riyadh one of the world’s key destinations. I am delighted to be part of a project so significant for our nation. It’s an exciting time to be in Saudi Arabia and to witness another Saudi brand going global. I am looking forward to sharing the cabin crew fashion line with the world, and to seeing the Riyadh Air team wearing my creations when it takes its maiden flight in 2025.”

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Riyadh Air has selected Saudi Arabian fashion designer Ashi to design and create the airline’s first-ever cabin crew fashion line.

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Fri, 31 May 2024 09:35:47 +0000 eNethersole 68464 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Kenya Airways CEO receives African Aviation Leadership Award http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/events/kenya-airways-ceo-receives-african-aviation-leadership-award

The award recognises individuals, companies, and organisations that have made significant contributions to the development of aviation in Africa.

 Kilavuka said: “I am deeply honoured to receive the prestigious African Aviation Leadership Award. This accolade reflects the dedication and passion of the entire Kenya Airways team. It highlights our commitment to excellence, innovation, and enhancing connectivity across our continent.”

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Kenya Airways Group managing director & CEO, Allan Kilavuka, has been honoured with the 2024 African Aviation Leadership Award.

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Tue, 28 May 2024 14:41:29 +0000 eNethersole 68442 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Oman Air appoints Con Korfiatis as new CEO http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/oman-air-appoints-con-korfiatis-as-new-ceo

A highly accomplished leader with over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, Korfiatis is set to steer Oman Air’s ongoing transformation, which aims to turn the airline’s financial operations around.

Al Mawali said: “Con’s professional background, coupled with his expertise in organisational transformation and strategy development, make him the perfect fit to lead Oman Air through this crucial phase of its transformation. We have full confidence in Con’s ability to steer the company towards sustainable, long-term success while guiding it through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Con’s three-decade-long career includes numerous CEO appointments across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, with notable accomplishments including founding four start-up initiatives in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Singapore and China. He has also held a string of other executive management roles in finance, strategy, commercial, alliances, operations, network, branding and marketing, across some of the world’s most successful airlines. 

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Saeed Al Mawali, chairman of Oman Air, has announced the appointment of Con Korfiatis as the airline’s chief executive officer.

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Thu, 02 May 2024 11:34:52 +0000 eNethersole 68313 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Serco appoints new Head of Operations for West Coast, Saudi http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/serco-appoints-new-head-of-operations-for-west-coast-saudi

The promotion of Fleetwood into this newly created role reaffirms Serco's commitment to supporting the Saudi Government and Vision 2030, with a special focus on enhancing the safety and readiness of projects across the West Coast region and echoing the company’s continued commitment to impact a better future for the region’s residents and visitors.

Fleetwood is responsible for overseeing the financial and operational delivery of Serco’s contracts on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia, including within the Red Sea and NEOM area, where Serco hold a number of contracts supporting the development of the giga cities infrastructure, including providing fire & rescue services (FRS) at Red Sea International Airport and supporting Red Sea Global’s carbon-neutral mobility services. 

In her new role, overseeing around 200 staff, Fleetwood and her team have a core objective of bringing Serco’s many years of experience and knowledge within the transport and emergency services industry to the rapidly developing region to instil best practises from Serco’s global experience and ensure a transfer of knowledge to support the nationalisation aims of the country.

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Serco has announced the promotion of Kate Fleetwood to the role of Head of Operations, for the West Coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Tue, 30 Apr 2024 10:05:32 +0000 eNethersole 68295 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Embraer to invest USD$390 million and create another 900 direct jobs http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/embraer-to-invest-usd390-million-and-create-another-900-direct-jobs

The objective is to meet increased aircraft production and anticipated future growth by developing new businesses, products and services.

The investment includes research and development activities for new technologies, such as those that will be used in eVTOLs (electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles), the expansion of aeronautical services, including the conversion of passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft, defence and security, efficiency improvement projects, and the expansion of industrial activities.

“Embraer begins a new phase of growth based on efficiency and innovation. We are focused on capturing our full potential in the different segments in which we operate towards more sustainable aviation,” said Francisco Gomes Neto, President and CEO of Embraer. “And through partnerships with the public and private sector, we are expanding sales, opening new markets and investing in new technologies, which makes it possible to increase the export of high-value-added products and create thousands of highly qualified jobs in Brazil.”

Around 90% of hires will occur throughout the year for the operations sector, with positions for mechanics, electricians, millers, molders, aircraft maintenance technicians, and quality technicians with experience, as well as opportunities for production trainees who undergo training and qualification processes with internal mentors. There are also opportunities for engineers and other administrative roles.

Last year, Embraer had already increased its workforce by 1,500 employees and returned to pre-pandemic employment level. The company currently has around 19,000 direct employees worldwide, of whom 88% are based in Brazil.

The resumption of Embraer's growth took place in 2023, when the company recorded a total revenue of USD$ 5.26 billion and achieved its best profitability in the last five years. During the period, 181 jets were delivered, a volume 13% higher than the previous year.

For 2024, Embraer estimates that it will be another year of growth with deliveries of between 72 and 80 commercial aircraft and between 125 and 135 executive jets. The expectation is to generate revenue between USD$6 billion and USD$6.4 billion.

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Embraer plans to invest approximately USD$390 million and hire 900 additional employees in the current year.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 10:39:15 +0000 eNethersole 68285 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero