Cpt. Konstantinos Iliakis appointed CFGOO and Accountable Manager
New executive will oversee all flight and ground operations for the rapidly expanding airline.
Olbia, October 29th, 2018 – Air Italy is pleased to announce that Captain Konstantinos Iliakis has been appointed as Air Italy’s Accountable Manager and Chief Flight and Ground Operations Officer.
Taking over with effect from November 5 2018, Captain Iliakis will be appointed as Air Italy Accountable Manager, with the responsibility to ensure the efficient management of all operational activities, as per current laws and regulations. The new executive will oversee all flight and ground operations for the rapidly expanding airline.
“We are delighted to welcome Captain Iliakis to our growing Air Italy team,” said Chief Operating Officer of Air Italy Rossen Dimitrov. “Captain Iliakis has many years of experience as a professional commercial pilot, trainer, examiner and functional test pilot. He has also been instrumental in the delivery of the world’s first A350 into commercial service and has managed large complex and rapidly expanding fleets in his previous roles, all of which will provide him with great experience as Air Italy takes on the next phase of its rapid expansion.”
“With the rapid and dynamic growth that Air Italy is currently undergoing, it is a very exciting time to join the airline, and I’m looking forward immensely to taking on this new challenge and helping them reach their ambitious goals,” said Captain Iliakis.
Captain Iliakis has been a professional pilot for more than 25 years and has held a series of varied and senior roles throughout his career culminating in being acting Chief Flight Operations Officer for Qatar Airways with its fleet of more than 200 aircraft.
Qualifying initially as a pilot in the United States, Captain Iliakis has flown both Boeing and Airbus aircraft throughout his career with roles including, Ground Instructor, Line Instructor, Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner, and Functional Test Pilot on several aircraft, including most recently on the world’s newest commercial passenger aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 and A350-1000.
Since 2005, Captain Iliakis has been flying with Qatar Airways initially as an A319/320/321 First Officer and more recently as an A330/A350 Captain.
Current Air Italy Chief Flight and Ground Operations Officer and Accountable Manager Captain Domenico Mazza will transition back to the line.
“We would like to thank Captain Mazza for his wholehearted commitment and dedication during his time in the role as CFGOO, particularly during the recent launch of Air Italy and the induction of our new fleet,” said Mr. Dimitrov. “His experience and support will continue to be invaluable in the business as we continue to grow and expand.”
About AIR ITALY
Air Italy is an Italian airline fully owned by AQA Holding (51% Alisarda and 49% Qatar Airways), with its headquarters in Olbia and main operating base in Milan Malpensa.
In March 2018 the Company started operation as Air Italy.
Beginning in May 2018, Air Italy added new domestic routes from Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, and Lamezia Terme, all scheduled for connection to its newest long-range destinations including New York, Miami (June 2018), Bangkok (September 2018) and Delhi and Mumbai (December 2018).
Its network also includes direct international flights from Milan Malpensa to Accra, Cairo, Dakar, Lagos, Mombasa and Zanzibar, and, from its Olbia Costa Smeralda hub, year-round scheduled services to Rome, Milan Linate and seasonal ones to a wide range of domestic and regional destinations.
Air Italy’s fleet is currently comprised of two Boeing 737 MAX, seven Boeing 737 NG, four Airbus A330 and three Boeing 767-300.
By the end of 2018, the fleet will be renewed following the full retirement of the B767-300 and the arrival of one more Boeing 737 MAX and one further Airbus A330-200.