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Jetstar Hong Kong appoints CFO, CEO announcement to be made in Feb-2013

18-Jan-2013 10:36 AM

Jetstar Hong Kong confirmed (17-Jan-2013) the appointment of Howard Cheung to the role of CFO. Mr Cheung commenced with Jetstar Hong Kong this month and will oversee the finance, IT, legal and procurement functions for the airline. Jetstar Hong Kong chairman Tang Bing said the appointment represents a key step in building a world-class management team for the carrier. Launching in mid-2013, Jetstar Hong Kong will be Hong Kong’s only locally based low fares airline. It expects to create over 600 local jobs within the airline plus hundreds more in local engineering and ground handling suppliers and contribute over HKD8 billion (USD1 billion) to the local economy by the time the airline grows to 18 aircraft in 2015. Prior to joining Jetstar Hong Kong, Mr Cheung was employed by Amcor and Rio Tinto Alcan from 2006 to 2012. As with other members of the Jetstar Hong Kong leadership team, Mr Cheung will be based in Hong Kong. Jetstar has recently made important Hong Kong appointments including a regional marketing manager, regional sales manager and manager crew training. The airline expects to make an announcement regarding the appointment of a CEO within the next month. Subject to regulatory approval, Jetstar Hong Kong will fly to destinations in Greater China, Japan, South Korea and South East Asia. The airline has received more than 2000 applications for pilots and over 1000 applications for locally based cabin crew since expressions of interest opened in Nov-2012. [more - original PR]