Aero Norway appoints Dag Johnsen as COO

Aero Norway, the specialist CFM56 engine repair facility, has appointed Dag Johnsen to the position of Chief Operating Officer.

He replaces Neil Russell who became CEO in October. He joins from United Airlines where he managed the Powerplant Engineering team for the past ten years and had direct oversight for the technical support of more than 700 CFM56-7B engines in operation.

As Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Aero Norway, he will be responsible for ensuring that all maintenance is carried out to the standards established by EASA (CAA-N), FAA, CAAC and other regulatory agencies.

On joining Aero Norway, Johnsen comments, “When I first visited Aero Norway last year, I felt the sense of a very close-knit business where everybody understood the strength that close collaboration brings.

“Aero Norway focuses on open and honest communication with customers instilling a secure level of confidence in a very competitive business.

“The customer support teams are based in work units adjacent to the shop floor where the customer support leader, powerplant engineer, finance analyst, and procurement planners are co-located, enabling quick and effective communication.

“This fosters a very different spirit from some of the larger MROs that I have worked with in the past and I feel very much at home here.

“Aero Norway has an industry reputation for delivering superior EGT margins and competitive TATs – helping their customers achieve dispatch reliability and commercial success – I am looking forward to sustaining that distinction.”

Neil Russell, CEO, says, “Dag has worked closely with various MROs throughout the world, both OEM affiliated as well as independent service providers.

“This depth of experience has given him a great understanding of how different engine MROs are set up.

“In his last role with United Airlines, he had direct oversight over an airline in-house MRO engineering support organisation and has seen the MRO business from both a customer and operator’s view and he will bring this perspective to Aero Norway.”

Looking ahead from an operational perspective Johnsen will be building on Aero Norway’s heritage and bringing his particular strengths.

“As the A320neo and B737MAX family continues to grow we need to start looking at introducing new engine programmes such as the LEAP-1A and -1B”, he explains.

“I am very familiar with this engine programme and will streamline the integration into our capability list as we start tooling up.”