Avion Group appoints new Air Atlanta and Aircraft Trading CEOs

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Icelandic transport investor Avion Group has made a raft of senior management changes within its Aviation Services division, including new CEOs for aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance (ACMI) provider Air Atlanta Icelandic and aircraft dealing arm Avion Aircraft Trading.

Former finance VP and assistant CEO Hannes Hilmarsson has been appointed as the new CEO of Air Atlanta Icelandic, while the Avion Aircraft Trading CEO’s role will be assumed by Air Atlanta Icelandic sales and marketing VP David Masson.

Hilmarsson has spent 14 years in management with Icelandair, but during the last two has occupied management positions within Avion Group and Air Atlanta Icelandic. He has been assistant CEO since the beginning of the year. Masson has held management positions with Air Atlanta Icelandic for 13 years.

Both Hilmarsson and Masson succeed Hafthor Hafsteinsson, who will become Air Atlanta Icelandic chairman and Avion Aircraft Trading executive chairman. Hafsteinsson will continue as Aviation Services CEO and will focus on strategy, development of business opportunities and integration of the companies within the Aviation Services division.

Air Atlanta Icelandic sales manager Johann Karason will take on Masson’s former remit as Air Atlanta Icelandic sales and marketing VP.

Avion Group is organised into three business divisions: Aviation Services, Charter & Leisure and Shipping & Logistics. Aviation Services consists of Air Atlanta Icelandic, maintenance provider Avia Technical Services and airport handling provider Southair. Charter & Leisure includes UK charter carrier Excel Airways, French charter airline Star Airlines and newly founded German airline Star Europe.