AirAsia India strengthens leadership team, appoints Sanjay Kumar as COO

Bengaluru, November 21, 2018: AirAsia India has appointed Mr. Sanjay Kumar as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) with effect from December 03, 2018. In the new role, he will be responsible for commercial/ operations of the airline. He will be instrumental in shaping next phase growth at AirAsia India and will be reporting to the newly appointed CEO & MD, Mr. Sunil Bhaskaran.

Mr.Kumar, a seasoned professional in the Indian civil aviation industry, has over 25 years of experience in the airline industry across functions like Business Planning, Strategy, Network Development, Distribution and Sales, Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations. He comes with valuable experience in the low-cost airline business model and scaling-up start-up airlines to market leadership positions. Sanjay’s previous assignment was with IndiGo where he worked as Chief Commercial officer.

Mr. S. Ramadorai, Chairman, AirAsia India, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Sanjay to the AirAsia India leadership team. He joins us at a time when the airline is in a growth momentum with an aim to venture forward in international operations. I am confident that Sanjay’s experience and knowledge of this sector will prove to be valuable in steering the company forward.”

Mr. Sanjay Kumar said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of AirAsia India’s Chief Operating Officer. The airline has the best constituents with the Tata Group’s credibility and AirAsia’s innovative, proven, cost-effective and sound business model with a keen focus on customer satisfaction and people-friendly practices. I am looking forward to be a part of the airline’s journey of growth and expansion in the Indian aviation industry.”

Mr. Kumar holds a master’s degree in Economics from Meerut University and an MBA from the Institute of Productivity and Management, Meerut. In the past, he has worked with Air Sahara, Royal Airlines and its low-cost carrier, SpiceJet and IndiGo.

AirAsia India is in the process of strengthening its management team. Close to the announcement of Mr. Sunil Bhaskaran as the Managing Director of the airline, Sanjay’s announcement is the second powerful hire by the airline in its top management. A joint venture between the Tata Sons and AirAsia Investments, AirAsia India is focused on expanding its presence in the Indian aviation market by providing affordable airfares and improved customer experience. The airline recently announced the induction of its 19th aircraft in its fleet.

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