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MAS chief heads back to Ryanair to fix pilot strife

October 19, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Peter Bellew, who visited Sydney in August as Malaysia Airlines chief executive, is to re-join Ryanair as chief operations officer with a mission to soothe the pilots, the Irish airline has announced.

Bellew will assume responsibility for all Ryanair’s flight operations, ground operations and engineering – but his immediate priority, when he rejoins Ryanair on 1 December 2017, will be pilots.

In a statement quoted by the Irish Independent, the airline said Bellew would take responsibility for pilot training and career development. His primary mission will be to ensure that the pilot rostering fiasco which Ryanair suffered in early September “will never be repeated”.

Malaysia Airlines says it has taken note of Ryanair’s “unexpected announcement” on hiring Bellew, and will make its own announcement in due course, Bloomberg news service reported.

Peter Bellew, in Sydney in August. Photo: Peter Needham

When Bellew visited Sydney in August with a Malaysia Airlines delegation, he heaped praise on Qantas and on the strategy of its chief executive, fellow Irishman Alan Joyce.

Qantas, he said, had probably the strongest frequent flyer loyalty program in the world.

He said he would never underestimate the “magnetic attraction of the Qantas loyalty card program”.

“I met someone in Darwin who said they would happily fly eight or nine hours in the wrong direction just to retain their Qantas loyalty card status.”

“We are studying a lot of what they do in a lot of areas,” Bellew said of Qantas.

Written by Peter Needham

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