New Malaysia Airlines CEO broke world records

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Captain Izham flew airline’s first B777-200 around the world
Malaysia Airlines has not lost any time finding a new CEO to take over from Peter Bellew, who abruptly left to return to Ryanair, where he’ll be chief operations officer.
Captain Izham Ismail is Malaysia Airlines’ executive director and group chief executive officer with immediate effect. Unlike his two short-lived predecessors, also including Christoph Mueller, he is a true insider having been at the carrier for 38 years.
He started his career as a pilot for the airline in 1979, and most recently was its chief operating officer.
He broke world aviation records by flying Malaysia Airlines’ first B777-200 eastward from Seattle to Kuala Lumpur and back. The records were for the longest flight and fastest round-the-world flight by a commercial airliner, flying 23,310 miles in 41 hours 59 minutes.
The airline says Captain Izham has been integral to the airline’s ongoing turnaround effort. As COO, he was responsible for engineering as well as flight operations and led the restructuring of the engineering division for “more efficient and leaner operations”.
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