The Qantas Group has named Rachel Yangoyan as the new chief executive of regional unit Qantaslink.

Yangoyan will replace John Gissing, whose retirement was announced in June, says Qantas. After stepping down in early November, Gissing will continue to serve in an advisory capacity for 12 months.


Yangoyan is a Qantas veteran having served with the company for two decades in several roles. She recently led the group’s fleet renewal efforts, including the acquisition of the A220, which will be a key aircraft for Qantaslink.

According to her Linkedin profile, Yangoyan is Qantas’s executive manager of fleet programmes. 

“Rachel has a deep understanding of what it takes to run an airline and brings a lot of capability to this role,” says Qantas Group chief executive Vanessa Hudson.

“As CEO of QantasLink, she’ll be responsible for our regional and charter operations, which are key parts of our business and also key to the role we play in connecting remote parts of Australia.”