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2019 will be a year of crossroads for aviation industry

By Gediminas Ziemelis 2018 was an interesting year for airlines. On one hand there was the introduction of the blockchain bringing greater security to aircraft maintenance data while presenting an opportunity to one day revolutionize most aspects of aviation from training to the passenger experie...

Soeren Stark - New Executive Board member for Technical Operations, Logistics & IT

On 1 January, Soeren Stark joined the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG with responsibility for Technical Operations, Logistics & IT. He was appointed to this position in September 2018 by the company's Supervisory Board. Stark, who has a degree in business engineering, will assume res...

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Cirrus Aircraft CEO Dale Klapmeier to Step Down Next Year

Cirrus Aircraft announced Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and National Aviation Hall ofFame member Dale Klapmeier plans to step down from his current executive position within the first half of 2019 and transition into a senior advisory role. A newCEO is expected to be named within that timeframe as an internal and external search is currently underway.   “Re-imagining perso...

Satcom Direct names Evgeniy Pashkov regional director EEMEA

Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, has appointed Evgeniy Pashkov as regional director for EEMEA. In his new role, Evgeniy will oversee SD’s sales and business development activities in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the CIS, from his Dubai base. Reporting into the SD International VP Michael Skou Christensen,  his responsibilities will inc...

Metrojet appoints Captain Denzil White as Managing Director, aircraft Management and Charter

Hong Kong-based Metrojet Limited is very pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Denzil White, as Managing Director, Aircraft Management and Charter, with effect from 1 January 2019. Denzil will assume responsibility for the management and business development of Metrojet’s Aircraft Management, Charter and Flight Operations. “I am very excited about joining Gary Dolski and th...

Lilium makes a series of key hires from Airbus 
 and Audi

Lilium, the disruptive aviation startup developing a revolutionary on-demand air mobility service, has announced today a series of key appointments. Mirko Reuter, formerly Head of Automated Driving at Audi AG, is joining the team as Head of Autonomous Flight at Lilium. Jakob Waeschenbach, formerly Head Of Equipment Installation at Airbus, is joining the team as Head of Aircraft...

Avionica Names Anthony Rios Chief Operating Officer

 Avionica announced that vice president of sales Anthony Rios has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Rios is charged with driving strategic prioritization and accountability for Avionica, with a focus on operational excellence.  "Tony is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results for Avionica," said Raul D. Segredo, president of Avio...

80 years since female crew honored for record nonstop cross-country mission

Eighty years ago, on November 2, 1938 the Soviet Union’s Central Executive Committee (abbreviated as TsIK in Russian - the country’s supreme legislative and governing body at that time) for the first time awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union to three women nominees. The country’s highest decoration went to air pilots Valentina Grizodubova, 27, the commander of the An...

Graham Williamson Leaves TAG Aviation to Embark Upon New Quest

Graham Williamson, President of the Aircraft Management and Charter Division for TAG Aviation Europe, has made the decision to leave his position, effective end of October. Mr Williamson has played a pivotal role in the development and success of TAG Aviation since he joined the organisation back in 2004 and has been catalyst to overseeing the delivery of many significant accomplishments throug...

Airbus Board of Directors Selects Guillaume Faury Future Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has selected Guillaume Faury as future Airbus Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Faury, 50, who currently serves as President Airbus Commercial Aircraft, will succeed Tom Enders, 59, who remains CEO until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 10 April 2019, when the appointment of Faury as executive member of the Board will be submitted to...

Kevin Reiterer flying high - Diamond Aircraft as new sponsor of the jet ski ace

The Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft is the new sponsor of multiple Jetski World Champion Kevin Reiterer. Headquartered in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, the aircraft manufacturer is one of the leading companies in the market of light aircraft made out of glas and carbon fibre. With the development of the world’s first serial aircraft powered by efficient common rail diesel tech...

Christian Scherer appointed Airbus Chief Commercial Officer

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Christian Scherer, 56, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), replacing Eric Schulz, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons. Christian Scherer will start his new assignment with immediate effect. He will report to Airbus Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Enders. Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, said: “With Christian Scherer we see on...

THOMAS FLOHR LAUNCHES VISTA GLOBAL TO CONSOLIDATE FRAGMENTED BUSINESS AVIATION MARKET, SUPPORTED BY A FURTHER $200M INVESTMENT

Vista Global Holding is set to consolidate the business aviation industry Endorsed by further $200m investment from global private equity firm Rhône Group Headquartered at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) The fully integrated group will offer global, all-encompassing, asset- lite services for every customer: For guaranteed access to aircraft: VistaJet’s Pr...

Igor Zahradnicek becomes new vice-chairman of Czech Airlines Technics Board of Directors

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group which provides aircraft repair and maintenance services, has appointed a new Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Effective 3 September 2018, Mr. Igor Zahradníček (51) will be in charge of finance, development, procurement and logistics at the company. “Czech Airlines Technics is a company with a...

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President Asia-Pacific, Airbus appointed - Jean-Marc Nasr

Based in Singapore, Jean-Marc Nasr will be responsible for Airbus’ overall strategy, industrial footprint and operations in the region, as well as for advancing the company’s “One Ro...