Sepang - The Board of Directors of Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad (MAG) today announced leadership changes at Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), which will see current Group Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Christoph Mueller handing over to Chief Operating Officer (COO) Peter Bellew in an accelerated leadership transition.
Mr. Mueller, who resigned on 10 March 2016 and is serving his notice period to 9 September 2016, will go on leave and step down from the MAB Board from 1 July 2016. He will be replaced by Mr. Bellew, who has been appointed the new Group MD and CEO of MAG and MAB respectively, effective 1 July 2016. Mr. Mueller will remain available to the company until the end of his notice period to help ensure a smooth leadership transition.
The leadership changes have been approved by Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), the sole shareholder of MAG.
Mr Bellew's appointment follows a comprehensive search for a new CEO conducted by Khazanah and the MAB Board. The process, which commenced in April 2016, involved internal and external as well as local and foreign candidates.
Mr. Bellew has been a member of MAB's senior management team since the first day of its full operations on 1 September 2015. His appointment as the new Group MD and CEO will ensure continuity in the execution of the Malaysia Airlines' turnaround plan and further progress of the overall restructuring effort, as set out by Khazanah in its 12-point MAS Recovery Plan. It also allows for an accelerated and seamless leadership transition from Mr. Mueller.
An Irish national, Mr. Bellew has over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. He joined MAB from Ryanair Ltd., where he served in various roles with increasing responsibility since 2006, leaving the airline as the Director of Flight Operations responsible for 72 bases operating a total of 320 aircraft. In this role, he ensured cost-effective operations and punctuality at more than 150 airports in over 30 countries, created a training organisation for 600 new Boeing pilots, built employee representative council structures in 19 countries, opened 61 new overseas bases, and introduced new technologies to reduce costs across the airline.
Mr. Bellew also served as the Head of Sales and Marketing at Ryanair, where he played a pivotal role in introducing new customer service initiatives, pan-European TV advertising, and positive press relations, contributing to record sales. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director of Flight Operations.
Besides being MAB COO, Mr. Bellew is also an Executive Director on the MAG and MAB Boards, together with Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Omar Siddiq Amin Noer Rashid. En. Omar was appointed Director on the MAB Board on 8 September 2015, and was made MAB CFO and Executive Director on the MAB Board on 5 January 2016. En. Omar joined MAB as CFO from Khazanah, where he was Executive Director, Investments overseeing the aviation sector. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and Regional Head for Aviation, Technology, Media, and Telecoms in the Investment Banking Division of CIMB.
Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusof, Chairman of MAG and MAB said, "Peter has been a key figure in the airline's senior management team responsible for executing the biggest and fastest transformation in our history. He is an exceptional leader and has been an invaluable contributor to the transformation of the airline over the last 10 months. Peter and the senior management team have established themselves positively within the company, especially in their rapport with employees, as well as externally among the aviation community. In this regard, Peter's appointment will pave the way for a smooth transition to ensure the continued success of our national airline. I would like to thank Christoph for all the work begun under his leadership, which has seen the airline set on a path towards reclaiming its position among the world's leading airlines. The Board of Directors and I look forward to working with Peter and the senior management team to continue driving the progress and performance of the airline further forward."
Source: Malaysia Airlines
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 1249h UTC Jun 30, 2016
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES HAS LAUNCHED ITS SHANGHAI SERVICE On 23 June 2016, China Eastern Airlines launched regular operations of its Shanghai - Prague route. The gala event, during which, among other events, the arriving aircraft taxied through a water arch, was also attended, alongside the invited guests, representatives of the media, the carrier and Prague Airport, by the Czech Republic's officials. Airbus A330-200 for 262 passengers will service the new route three times a week (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). FIVE YEARS OF NORWEGIAN'S STOCKHOLM - PRAGUE ROUTE Norwegian air carrier, together with Václav Havel Airport Prague, celebrated the fifth anniversary of operations of the Stockholm - Prague route on 2 June 2016. On the occasion, Prague Airport prepared small refreshments for passengers travelling to the capital of Sweden aboard the Norwegian flight. NORWEGIAN TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO STAVANGER
Norwegian air carrier has launched ticket sales for its new route connecting Václav Havel Airport Prague with Stavanger. Effective 2 November 2016, flights to the city located in the southwestern part of Norway will be operated twice weekly (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) with modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft offering 186 seats.
Source: Prague Airport
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 1156h UTC Jun 30, 2016
Air Astana, the award winning carrier of Kazakhstan, launches a new non-stop flight from Almaty to Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran, effective June 30, 2016. Flights will operate three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) and will be served by an Embraer 190. The cabin will feature nine Business Class seats and 88 Economy Class seats.
The new service will offer added ease of travel and will enhance business and cultural links between the two countries. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of The Republic Kazakhstan, the approximate value in trade between the two countries in 2015 was $US 1 billion. In addition, in Kazakhstan there are a number of Kazakh-Iranian joint enterprises as well as cultural and scientific ties between the countries which we anticipate will benefit from the new service.
Air Astana's direct flights between Almaty and Tehran will also boost tourism between the two countries. Iran is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and boasts numerous well-preserved historical landmarks, a rich culture, outstanding architectural monuments, magnificent natural landscapes, rich cuisine and fine objects of national art. These attractions will undoubtedly draw many tourists from Kazakhstan. Moreover, Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently in negotiations to enable Kazakh citizens to potentially obtain an Iranian visa on arrival in the country.
"I trust that our Iranian guests will enjoy the history and culture of Kazakhstan. Beyond that Almaty has a lot more to offer with premium ski resorts, year around cultural events, a wide variety of shopping malls and fine dining - all at surprisingly great value for money. All these are accessible with a flight that is just three and a half hours away from Tehran. The new service connecting Kazakhstan with Iran will provide convenient connections to Air Astana's CIS and Asian network, in particular to the cities of Beijing and Urumqi," Said Ibrahim Canliel, senior vice-president, Sales and Marketing, Air Astana.
The duration of the flight between Almaty and Tehran is just 3 hours 30 minutes. Lead-in return economy class fares, including all taxes start at £217 with return business class fares starting at £698 based on the current rate.
Source: Air Astana
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 1155h UTC Jun 30, 2016
DUBAI, U.A.E. - The Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre, the world's largest aircraft painting facility owned by an airline, has completely stripped and repainted 33 aircraft last year, or 13% of its fleet.
During the year, Emirates gave a fresh coat of paint to three Airbus A380s and 22 Boeing 777s, in addition to eight aircraft that were retired as a part of the airline's strategy to operate a young, modern, and efficient aircraft fleet.
Emirates' state-of-the-art facility in Dubai also installed decals on 72 aircraft and executed over 105,000 painting jobs including cabin touch-ups across the world's largest fleet of wide-body aircraft in 2015. Some of the eye-catching customized decals installed on the Emirates fleet during the course of the year include the Real Madrid A380, the Paris Saint-Germain A380, the Arsenal 777, the A.C. Milan A380, the Arsenal A380 and the United for Wildlife A380s.
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 1047h UTC Jun 30, 2016