LONDON, England – Airways Aviation appoints former General Manager and Head of Training, Europe, Ian Cooper, as new CEO, to spearhead ongoing global expansion.
Cooper played a key role developing the strategic direction of high-quality, airline-specific training, including the recent opening of Airways Aviation’s EASA-accredited fair-weather flying base in Huesca, Spain.
He takes over from former CEO Romy Hawatt, the Founder and Owner of Airways Aviation Group. Hawatt, who remains as Chairman, says: “Ian brings with him more than 15 years’ experience in the global aviation training industry, including positions as training operations director, head of training, general and territory manager. Prior to moving into training, Ian worked as a commercial airline pilot.
“I am delighted to hand the controls of rapidly-expanding Airways Aviation Group to such a capable and highly-respected industry professional. He enters the role following a comprehensive assessment and selection process, with the full confidence and support of the entire Airways team.”
Business outlook is strong as Ian takes the helm, with the recent launch of the Elite Pathways programme – Airways Aviations’ flagship integrated ATPL course – ongoing collaborations with universities, Asia-based cabin crew training and a growing base of Foundation Schools across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.
Cooper says: “We are fully committed to ensuring flexibility for our airline partners in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace and needs of the industry, and have some exciting plans and announcement for the near-future.
“My focus is to continue the growth and success of the business, deliver high-quality, innovative solutions for airlines and continue to be a global leader in aviation education and training.”