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Changes at the top of Avion Express

A new chief executive is named at one of the leading providers of ACMI services on narrow-body aircraft.

Avion Express, one of the world’s leading providers of ACMI services on narrow-body aircraft, has announced that Darius Kajokas is to be named its new chief executive, effective from April 4.

Kajokas, who joined Vilnius-based Avion as deputy CEO last August, succeeds Icelandic national Gardar Forberg, who has served as interim CEO since April 2017.

Forberg has been a shareholder and member of the board at Avion Express for eight years and will revert back to supporting the company in an advising capacity with special emphasis on customer relations and business development.

Expanding fleet
Avion Express currently operates 15 A320s, A321s and an A319, which are being used by Thomas Cook Airlines, Condor, Cubana de Aviación and, later in 2018, Lufthansa venture SunExpress, as well as Finnair. It aims to expand its fleet to 18 planes by the end of this year.

“The Board of Directors and shareholders unanimously agreed that Darius is ready to take the helm of Avion Express,” said Forberg. “He is a proven leader that can drive our continuous evolution as the trusted, innovative partner that our customers rely on to deliver the services they need to meet their goals.”

He continued: “In his time as my deputy, he has acquired deep industry experience, the passion for our business, and the leadership ability necessary to take this company to the next level. The company has come a long way over the past eight years and I have the honour and privilege to pass on the baton at a time where the company is reporting its best business performance to date”.

Kajokas commented: “In my time here, I have come to admire Avion Express’ foundational strengths – its history, its culture of excellence, its great team of professionals and its strong market position.”

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