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New MD and Chief Operations Officer for flybmi as airline announces long-term succession plan

Mon 24 Sep 2018
Announcement of the airline for a long-term succession planning

Peter Simpson, Group CEO of Airline Investments Limited (AIL) today announces a robust restructure and long-term succession plan for flybmi with Jochen Schnadt, currently Chief Commercial Officer, assuming the role of Managing Director effective 11 October 2018.

As part of this long-term succession plan, Tim Shattock joined flybmi as Interim Managing Director earlier this year to assist in this transition process and Shattock will now return to his native Dublin to take up a new leadership role.

“It has been a pleasure in being part of the flybmi team for the last few months and I am very confident that great things lie ahead for flybmi and its people. I would like to thank everyone in the company and wish the Team every success for the future”, said Shattock.

With Schnadt now assuming the role of MD at flybmi, having been with the company for the last three years, the organisational structure will be adjusted to better address the key needs of flybmi going forward.

A key part of this organisational adjustment will be the appointment of Malcolm Sutherland as flybmi’s new Chief Operations Officer overseeing all operational functions of flybmi, reporting to Schnadt. In addition, Schnadt will continue to have the Directors for Sales & Business Development, Fabrice Binet, Revenue & Planning, Barry Oaten and Customer & Marketing, Antony Price, reporting to him alongside the Chief Financial Officer, Paul Roberts and Head of People, Suzanna Smith.

Commenting on his new role Schnadt said: “I feel very privileged to have been asked to take on the MD role and to be able to work with the great team that we have to move things forward to the next level. I am also delighted to welcome Malcolm to the Team, who with his previous experience in Virgin Atlantic and the Thomas Cook Group will add tremendous value to the Team and effort at flybmi, joining us at this very exciting time.”

On his appointment to the role of Chief Operations Officer, Malcolm Sutherland said: “I’m delighted to be joining flybmi and looking forward to working with all of our operational teams to deliver a great experience for our customers.”

Simpson said: “I am confident that these appointments will add further strength to the management team at flybmi, as the Company continues to drive expansion in the European regional markets”

Peter Bond, co-owner of the airline, will assume the position of Co-Chairman of AIL, taking on a more active role to further strengthen the day-to-day running of flybmi and Loganair.

Flybmi operates a 19-strong all-jet fleet creating connectivity between key growing regions on a Pan-European scale with primary gateways at Bristol, Munich and Brussels.

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About flybmi

flybmi operates an all-jet fleet comprising 19 Embraer 135 and 145 aircraft. The airline now operates over 600 scheduled flights a week across a network of 43 destinations in 10 European countries and employs more than 400 people. The airline also operates an extensive ad-hoc charter business and flies on a contract basis on behalf of other carriers. Its scheduled network includes Oslo and Stavanger in Norway; Brussels in Belgium; Esbjerg in Denmark; Nantes and Paris in France; Brno in Czech Republic; Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Rostock, Munich, Saarbrücken and Stuttgart in Germany; Milan Malpensa, Milan Bergamo, Bari, Bologna, Florence, Venice and Verona in Italy; Lublin in Poland; Jonkoping, Norrkoping, Gothenburg and Karlstad in Sweden and Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Derry, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Stornaway, Sumburgh and Wick in the UK. bmi is rapidly building its portfolio of airline partnerships currently having code-share agreements in place with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Air France, Air Dolomiti and Loganair, providing more choice and greater reach for customers.

Airline Investments Limited is the Holding Company of both flybmi and Loganair, Scotland’s Airline