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Executive Appointments as OnAir opens Regional Offices in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Tuesday, 29 July 2008

OnAir has appointed Luc Cousin as Chief Programmes Officer (CPO), and established a regional presence in Dubai, UAE and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new appointment and expansion are in response to the growing global demand for the companys inflight passenger communications services, which include text, email and voice.

As CPO, Luc Cousin will be responsible for programme planning and customer delivery, and for coordinating and supervising OnAirs activities for installation, entry into service and equipment support. Cousin will be a member of OnAirs Executive Committee and will play a critical role in the deployment of OnAir services on various aircraft types. He previously worked in Airbus Customer Services, where he led several projects in change management and strategy; before that, he was Vice President Operations, EADS Test & Services.

OnAir has also established a regional presence in both Dubai and Kuala Lumpur to meet the unprecedented demand for its services in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Franck Michaud has been appointed as Head of Business Development Middle East, based in Dubai. Hans Jurgen Stoffer and Laurent Philippe, both based in Kuala Lumpur, have joined OnAir as Head of Aircraft Programmes for Asia Pacific and as Head of Business Development for Asia Pacific respectively. The new regional presence complements OnAirs current offices in Geneva and Seattle.

Benoit Debains, CEO of OnAir, said, Our new organisation reflects the transformation of OnAir from product development to a service delivery company. Lucs appointment is an important step in that process, in particular in organizing the installation and operation of the service for airlines and corporate jets, and within OnAir further strengthening its leadership role in the inflight passenger communications market.

Our goal is to be close to our customers for both business acquisition and entry into service and, as a first step, we are establishing presence in two key locations, the Middle East and Asia, where we will start operating before year end, Debains added.

OnAir is currently trialing the service with TAP Portugal after having completed a successful trial with Air France. Ryanair and bmi will follow shortly, with Shenzhen Airlines service scheduled to start in time for the Beijing Olympic Games. Other airlines that have agreements with OnAir are AirAsia, AirAsiaX, Jazeera Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, Oman Air and Royal Jordanian.

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