Changing guard at the top of low-cost carriers

Some change at the top of the two of the most established low-cost carriers, which will see new chief executives at Malaysia’s AirAsia and Brazilian carrier Gol taking on the airlines created by budget operator pioneers Tony Fernandes and Constantino de Oliveira Jr respectively.

At AirAsia, the airline’s regional head of corporate finance Aireen Omar becomes chief executive of the Malaysian budget operator – see the story here. The move sees Fernandes relocate to AirAsia’s new Asean office in Jakarta to focus on growth opportunities in the region. AirAsia has already developed a number of affiliate operations in Indonesia and Thailand, and will launch AirAsia Japan in association with ANA later this year.

Brazilian carrier Gol meanwhile has appointed Volkswagen Group’s president of Audi Brazil, Paulo Kakinoff as its new chief executive – read the story here. De Oliviera, who has been chief executive since the airline’s launch at the start of the last decade, will become chairman of the board.

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You can read much more about Fernandes and de Oliveira in our recent interactive profile of some of the leading low-cost carrier pioneers, also including a look at Herb Kelleher, Michael O’Leary, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, David Neeleman and Adel Ali – check it out here.

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