Royal Brunei Airlines has named Ray Sayer as its new chief executive, with effect from 1 September.

Sayer has nearly 40 years' experience in the industry and has most recently been living in Bahrain, where he headed Bahrain Airport Services.

In 1968 Sayer joined British European Airways, a forerunner of British Airways. Over the years he has worked in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and America, having worked as chief executive of UK-based GB Airways and Brymon Airways and chief executive of Liat in Antigua, among others.

Sayer also lived in Brunei in the early 1980s when he was posted there as BA's regional manager for Brunei and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

State-owned Royal Brunei has been without a permanent chief executive for nearly two years since Peter Foster left to join Air Astana of the central Asian state of Kazakhstan. Since then it has been headed by acting chief executives, with Mohd Yusof Pg Hj Jeludin holding the position until he stepped down earlier this year with Ahmad Hj Ibrahim then taking the position.

Sayer joins as the carrier is preparing to begin a long-haul fleet modernisation that will start soon with the delivery of its first leased Boeing 777s to replace 767-300ERs. However, it is suspending one of its European long-haul services to Frankfurt, although it says the move is temporary.

Source: Airline Business