BEDFORD, Mass., March 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Waltzing Matilda Aviation LLC ("WMA") announced today the appointment of an Advisory Board to support its new scheduled services.
"Having been in the global airline industry for over 40 years, I have been very fortunate in working with many incredibly talented and dedicated professionals who share my passion for a stable and financially successful airline industry. This Board, along with our experienced management team, brings together the best of this talent," said John Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of WMA.
The Board will be comprised of:
Mr. Russell Chew, ex- President and COO jetBlue Airways, ex-COO FAA Air Traffic Organization, ex-VP Systems Operations, American Airlines.
Ms. Nina Jonsson, global aviation executive with 30 years' experience at three major airlines (Air France-KLM, United Airlines, US Airways), most recently as SVP Group Fleet at Air France-KLM. Currently advising global C-suite aviation clients with Plane View Partners LLC, Board Director at Icelandair hf., and Board Director at Canadian aerospace solutions provider FLYHT, Ltd.
Ms. Inese Kingsmill, ex-Chief Marketing Officer, Virgin Australia Airlines, where she led marketing, digital and e-commerce, sales, customer facing and channel functions along with prior roles at Microsoft and Telstra. Currently non-executive director of rhipe Limited, Spirit Technology Solutions, hipages Holdings, NobleOak Life Limited, WorkVentures.
Mr. Doug Leo, ex-SVP Network, Pricing and Revenue Management United Airlines, 30+ years senior airline executive experience also including at Northwest Airlines and US Airways.
Mr. Ray Benvenuti, ex-Managing Partner at Greenbriar Equity Group, CEO Stellex Aerostructures, Inc., Chairman, AmSafe Partners, Chairman and Interim CEO, Align Aerospace, Inc. Director The Whitcraft Group, NN, Inc., Superior Industries International Inc.
Mr. Reza Taleghani, CFO Samsonite, ex-President and CFO Brightstar Corp., ex-CEO Sterling Airlines, ex-JP Morgan Airline investment banker.
The new board will provide valuable advisory support for WMA's new scheduled services launching in October 2021 utilizing Q400 aircraft. The move to expand its services comes off the back of an unprecedented year of growth for WMA, which has seen charter revenues growing by 80% year on year 2019 to 2020.