OnAir makes key commercial appointment


Singapore (SITA) - OnAir today announced that Adrian Gane has joined OnAir as Commercial Director and as a member of the Management Board.

Gane has responsibility for all commercial aspects of the business for the new mobile telephony, web and managed network services as well as existing services.

George Cooper, CEO of OnAir, said, “Adrian’s experience as a senior manager at Cathay Pacific is particularly pertinent because Cathay, being a cabin innovator, is typical of our target airlines.  In 2006, we expect to add more customers to the two airlines that have already signed up for our onboard mobile phone service and Adrian will play a leading role in making that happen.”

Adrian Gane, OnAir’s new Commercial Director, said, “Onboard passenger communications will be big for the airline industry in 2006 and beyond and there is no doubt that OnAir is leading the charge.  I am very pleased to be in a position to play a leading role in the commercialization of this service.”

Gane spent 17 years at Cathay Pacific in a variety of roles, including having responsibility for the UK and Europe at a time of route restructuring for the airline, and running the operations in Japan and Korea as SARS struck.  His last job at Cathay was as General Manager of the Middle East, India and Africa at a time of significant expansion in the region.

Gane, who is married with three children, graduated from Oxford University and spent four years as an army officer before joining Cathay Pacific.

OnAir has recently announced that bmi and TAP Portugal will run three month trials of the mobile phone service, starting at the end of 2006. In addition, the company already provides communications services on flights for airlines including Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, EVA Airways, Iberia, KLM, Malaysian Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Atlantic.

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