By Staff writer
Former Gulf Air chief executive James Hogan was last month appointed as chief executive of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, following his departure at Gulf Air in July. He replaces Robert Strodel who resigned in May.
As president and chief executive at Gulf Air, Hogan was tasked with bringing the airline back into a profit-making company by restructuring and brand building under the plan, Project Falcon.
“Hogan combines extensive experience of the airline industry with in-depth understanding of the nuances, imperatives and opportunities inherent in the business climate in this region,” said Dr Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saif Al Nahyan, chairman of Etihad Airways. “We believe he is the right person to drive the business forward and realise Etihad’s enormous potential
alongside the finest world-class airlines.”
Etihad, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines with a current US$8 billion order for 29 new aircraft, has far reaching plans to expand its international route network. Passenger levels are expected to grow by 150% from 1.2million in 2005 to 3 million by the end of this year, with equally strong cargo growth.
“The current dynamic economic development in this region offers enormous challenges and opportunities for the airline industry,” said Hogan.
In addition to Hogan’s new position, James Rigney, former head of corporate strategy at Gulf Air, has been appointed vice president of finance.