FastJet has confirmed the appointment of Rob Bishton, former chief pilot and head of aircraft operations at EasyJet.
"Rob Bishton will indeed be joining [FastJet]," a spokesperson for the African low-cost carrier tells Flightglobal.
No details were provided about the date of Bishton's appointment, though earlier reports had suggested that the former chief pilot is on gardening leave with EasyJet.
FastJet is being funded by London-based investment firm Rubicon, with backing from EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou.
The company plans to launch flights this autumn, initially operating alongside sister carrier Fly540 before taking over the latter's routes. Its board members will include Stelios, chief executive-designate Ed Winter and CFO-designate Richard Blakesley.
Earlier this month, it emerged that the first Airbus A319 to enter FastJet's fleet (MSN 2176) will be a former EasyJet aircraft.
Stelios and his family remain the largest shareholders in EasyJet, which was formerly a subsidiary of his EasyGroup conglomerate. However, the Greek Cypriot tycoon has been a vocal critic of its management team since leaving the board in 2010.
Responding to media reports about the launch of FastJet in November 2011, EasyJet said it will "take necessary action" to protect itself from rights infringement.