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Gediminas Ziemelis: 2017 was interesting, but 2018 will blow our minds

The air transport industry in 2017 was definitely a ride to remember: travel bans, laptop bans, a handful of bankruptcies, all at the backdrop of unprecedented financial results for airlines. In this end-of-year post, I’d like to go back to several events that made history. This list does not...

Airbus Board of Directors Announces Top Management Succession Plan

CEO Tom Enders seeks no further mandate beyond April 2019 ·         COO and President Commercial Aircraft Fabrice Brégier to step down in February 2018 ·         Guillaume Faury, currently CEO...


Exclusive NBAA-BACE 2017 Q&A with Inmarsat Aviation’s Kurt Weidemeyer

Twice per year business aviation celebrates “Christmas” - EBACE and NBAA-BACE. In your opinion, to what extent has the industry changed between these two events? It’s a very fast moving industry, so we’re seeing a lot of change even in the months since EBACE earlier this year. For Inmarsat specifically, at EBACE 2017 we announced that our Jet ConneX inflight Wi-Fi servic...

RUAG’ Marco Michel second on the podium!

Marco Michel – former apprentice and now a polymechanics EFZ at RUAG Aviation – won silver in his vocational category at the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi. RUAG is proud of the successful young talent. The SwissSkills team won 11 gold medals, six silver and three bronze medals at the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, finishing as the by far highest-placed European natio...

Dave Edwards appointed as BACA CEO

BACA - The Air Charter Association makes a series of appointments to drive the ambitious development of the Association Dave Edwards has been appointed to the role of BACA CEO. The part-time appointment is part of BACA’s strategy to drive the Association forward. In addition to Edwards’ appointment, Madeleine Puzey has been promoted to the role of Business and Events Manager and a n...

Mikhail Vasilenko topped the rating of top-managers of transport companies

Managers of JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport took leading positions in the 18-th annual TOP-1000 Russian Managers rating compiled by the Association of Russian Managers and the Kommersant Publishing House. The General Director of JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport topped the rating of top-managers of transport companies. Anna Zakharenkova, the Director of Public Relations Department of J...

Gulfstream appoints regional sales managers at strategic locations in United States and Latin America

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has appointed three regional sales managers (RSMs) at strategic locations in the United States and Latin America: Kirsten Krueger will serve the western United States, Pedro F. Ruiz Latin America and Florida, while Luiz Cezar Vieira Alves wil focus on the Brazilian market. The regional sales managers will work closely with regional vice presidents to cultivate lead...

EBAA Appoints Chief Operations Officer and Communications Director

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has created two new senior positions to help it expand horizons for business aviation in Europe. Robert Baltus has been appointed to the post of Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Eric Drosin has been named Communications Director, effective September 4. Robert Baltus' aviation experience spans nearly 20 years advising and supporting sen...

Inmarsat appoints Philip Balaam to head up Aviation business

Inmarsat announced that Philip Balaam, the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, has been appointed to lead the Aviation Business Unit (ABU),following the decision by Leo Mondale to retire after 13 years at Inmarsat. Leo will retire in early 2018 and Inmarsat has taken the decision to appoint Philip Balaam as President of ABU now in order to facilitate a smooth transitio...

BACA Chairman completes 50k trek for charity RedR

BACA Chairman Richard Mumford has just completed a 50 kilometre trek for the charity RedR.  Richard took part in TrekFest, a 50km trek through the tough terrain of the English Peak District. RedR is BACA’s chosen charity for 2017, the organisation saves thousands of lives each year with the training they provide to aid workers worldwide. During his trek Richard set some impressive st...

Metrojet appoints Gary Dolski as Chief Executive Officer

Metrojet Limited (www.metrojet.com), a leading business aircraft services provider based in Hong Kong with presence in Asia, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Dolski as Chief Executive Officer effective from 1 September, 2017. Gary will assume full management responsibility of Metrojet, overseeing its long term business development and strategic growth, as well as day to day operation...

Embraer appoints CCO for Executive Jets business unit

Embraer announced that Stephen Friedrich has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer for the Company’s executive aviation business unit, effective immediately. Reporting to Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, Friedrich is responsible for the direct management of the global sales organization for new and pre-flown aircraft as well as the oversight of relationshi...

TAG Geneva’s FBO Lounges Showcase Summer Art Exhibition by Swiss Street Artist Joule Champod

An exclusive contemporary street art exhibition entitled The Caps Collection’ by the inspirationally talented Swiss graffiti artist Joule Champod will be on display throughout August and September at TAG Aviation’s state-of-the-art FBO lounges located at Geneva International Airport. ‘The Caps Collection’ pays homage to Joule Champod’s spray caps, which for an arti...

Airbus appoints LUO Gang to lead new innovation centre in China

Luo Gang has been appointed CEO of Airbus’ new innovation centre to be set up in China. A location will be announced at a later date With a degree in electrical engineering from Tianjin University and an MBA from the London Business School, Gang spent nearly three years establishing Uber China’s business before it was acquired by Didi Chuxing in 2016. His experience in London with U...

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