Fiji Airways has today officially announced two senior executive appointments within the company.
Regional General Manager for Australia, Andrew Stanbury, has been appointed as Executive General Manager (EGM) of Sales and Marketing.
As EGM Sales and Marketing, Andrew joins the executive leadership team based at the headquarters for the airline in Nadi, Fiji. In his new role, he will lead the sales and marketing teams for all markets in which the airline has a presence, including the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, U.S.A., Hong Kong, and now Singapore.
The airline’s Commercial Manager for Australia, John Nickel, takes on the role of Regional General Manager for this market, based in Sydney.
Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways said: “Both Andrew and John have played a significant role in the growth and success of the airline in recent years, and I am delighted to appoint them to their new roles as we continue to expand our international network and enhance our product and services.
“We have great plans ahead for the airline, and it is with great pride that we have the skills, acumen and expertise of these two aviation experts on-board.”
Over the last 20 years, Andrew has held leadership roles in airline sales, marketing, cargo, customer service and airport operations. Andrew joined Fiji Airways in 2012, as Regional General Manager for Australia, having previously worked at Air New Zealand in both New Zealand and Australia, and prior to that Qantas New Zealand
John Nickel has worked in the aviation industry for over 40 years, managing airline company operations both internationally and within the Pacific Islands region. He has held positions at World Aviation, Polynesian Airlines (later Polynesian Blue) and has trained with the IATA in Singapore, Switzerland and the U.S.A. He joined Fiji Airways in 2007 as Sales Manager NSW/ACT.
Since re-launching from Air Pacific in 2013, Fiji’s National Carrier, Fiji Airways has rebranded, acquired four new A330s, rolled out a number of on-board product and guests services’ enhancements, and added a number of new international routes, including a direct Sydney-Suva route, as well as Singapore and San Francisco this year.