After the inauguration of the Sapphire Pegasus Award during a fabulous Gala Event in Prague, we sat down with Antonia Lukacinova to find out how it all came about. Antonia, the CEO of Media Tribune marketing communications agency is the brainchild of the Award and has worked tirelessly and determinedly to conceive this act and bring it to the...Read more
Gareth Danker, Director of Sales and Marketing at Euro Jet, one of the world’s leading provider of flight and ground support services, recently took time to share with AVIATION Times his view of business aviation in central Europe. European business aviation growth has remained relatively static in recent years, what would you suggest as...Read more
“The belief that business aviation is purely an exclusive and luxury driven way of traveling is changing in a global basis. We see this as an increasing trend,” thinks José Eduardo Costas, Head of Sales for Pre Owned Aircraft from Embraer Executive Jets. Three quarters of the 2016 are over and we were talking how Jose Eduardo sees European...Read more
Patrick Moulay is the Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Bell Helicopter Textron. In his current role, Patrick is responsible for leading the sales and marketing strategies around the globe, working with the global sales team to promote Bell Helicopter’s current and next generation commercial products. In 2015, the Commercial Sales...Read more
I’m sitting down for a cup of coffee with Karol Bodnar, the CEO of Euro Jet Intercontinental Ltd. Everyone knows him as Charlie and knows the company simply as Euro Jet. Charlie began his aviation career working on the ramp for the Slovak Airport Authority, eventually becoming a lead agent for a US flight support company headquartered in...Read more
Trevor Esling is the Regional Senior Vice President, International Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. In his role at Gulfstream, Esling is responsible for leading the Europe, Middle East and Africa sales team. He is based at the Gulfstream Sales and Design Center in Mayfair, London. He recently took time to...Read more
Martin Orlita has been involved in the aviation industry for 29 years. After his studies at the Czech University of Technology in Prague, he started his career as a manufacturer of aircraft, which gave him a lot of experience in the field of aviation equipment from designing aircraft to practical maintenance. During his career, he has...Read more
Mirkka Lampinen was appointed Sales Director, Eastern Europe at Bombardier Business Aircraft in March 2015. She is responsible for Global, Challenger and Learjet business aircraft sales in Central and Eastern Europe. Mrs. Lampinen joined Bombardier in 2005. She has held several positions with increasing responsibility in the Market Analysis and...Read more
Dagmar Grossmann has over 30 years’ experience working in the private aviation sector. In 1991, Grossmann Air Service was launched in Vienna, with one aircraft, and Ms. Grossmann went on to help the company grow to become one of the leading aircraft management and operating companies in Europe. Ms. Grossmann also developed a worldwide aviation...Read more
Philippe Foulon is Global Head of Specialised Asset Finance and Aviation at Societe Generale Equipment Finance (“SGEF”). Philippe has successfully grown SGEF Aviation activity over the last seven years, making it a global business unit after decades of sustained development on local markets where the group has a direct presence. After...Read more
Chris Kjelgaard interviews Cdr. Bud Slabbaert on his remarkable initiative to create positive change, consensus and cooperation among aviation, tourism and government stakeholders in many Caribbean nations, in order to drive new air transport links and new economic growth throughout the entire region. In 2011, the BBC began broadcasting in...Read more
Eva Jirankova belongs to the founding members of Société Générale Equipment Finance in the Czech Republic, where she was involved in the segment of financing of transport technology and production technologies for the food-processing industry in 1995. From smaller transport equipment she advanced to larger units and in 2005 she managed the...Read more
Jakub Hoda is Managing Director of Bell helicopter based in Prague in charge of Europe and Russia. His extensive knowledge gained through his direct experiences in a wide variety of sales transactions enables him to provide outstanding results in his position. Jakub has considerable experience of the aviation industry gained through working for...Read more
Q & A's with Bombardier representatives Mirkka Lampinen (ML), Sales Director for Eastern Europe, Bombardier Aerospace and Thomas Fissellier (TF), Manager Market Intelligence and Analysis, Bombardier Aerospace. How do you see the market in CEE region? (ML) Based on my daily interactions with the Central and Eastern...Read more
With Embraer aircraft featuring in the fleets of many central European Operators Aviation Times talked with José Eduardo Costas to discuss Embraer's view of the region. What is Embraer's view of the market in central Europe? Despite the weakness in western economies, we see good prospects for Central Europe. With GDP annual growth rates...Read more
2016 weren’t easy for airlines around the globe that continue to struggle with ways of finding pilots to fill cockpit seats. 2017 is expected to be an even more pressing year, as Boeing, Airbus and other manufacturers keep accelerating their production, while the already small pool of qualified FOs and PICs grows at a significantly slower pace....
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