Ryanair Director to Join Malaysia Airlines as COO

Malaysia Airlines, which is currently undergoing a radical restructuring, has announced the appointment of Peter Bellew as its new chief operations officer, effective September 1.

Ryanair’s Peter Bellew
Ryanair’s Peter Bellew

Mr Bellew has held various high-level posts at low-cost carrier Ryanair since 2006. Most recently, he was director of flight operations for up to 72 bases, operating a total of 320 aircraft.
“In this role, he ensured cost effective operations and punctuality at more than 150 airports in over 30 countries, created a training organisation for 600 new Boeing pilots, built employee representative council structures in 19 countries, opened 61 new overseas bases, and introduced new technologies to reduce costs across the airline,” Malaysia Airlines said in a statement.
Previously, Bellew was also head of sales and marketing at Ryanair, “where he played a pivotal role in introducing new customer service initiatives, pan-European TV advertising, and positive press relations contributing to record sales”.
Before joining Ryanair, his roles included founder and chief executive of vbnets.com, an online travel agency in Ireland, managing director of Kerry Airport and managing director of Drive Ireland.

Nol van Fenema

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