Interjet Airlines appoints William Shaw as CEO

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Mexican carrier Interjet Airlines has appointed William Shaw as chief executive officer (CEO) effective immediately replacing José Luis Garza.

Garza is set to join Interjet Airlines’ board of directors. The announcement was made by Miguel Alemán Magnani, chairman and president of ABC Aerolíneas, parent company of the airline.

He said: “2018 was a remarkable year for Interjet Airlines. We made great progress as a company as we continued to make significant investments in our team members, our fleet and our product.

“Adding someone with William’s experience, entrepreneurship and understanding of the aviation industry to our team, will be of great benefit to the continued growth of the airline, particularly our international business and all of us at Interjet are excited to have him on board.

“At the same time, I want to personally thank José Luis Garza, who has successfully guided Interjet from our humble beginning flying just three aircraft to four destinations in Mexico to today, where Interjet has become one of the world’s fastest growing airlines in North America.”

Shaw has over 26 years of experience in the aviation industry. He founded VivaColombia as CCO and later became its CEO. In 2015, he left to set up VivaLatinAmerica Holdings and launched Viva Air, VivaColombia’s sister airline and first value airline in Peru.

In February 2018, he joined the board of directors of Green Africa Airways and in May 2018, started the Flycana Project, the first LCC in the Caribbean.

Shaw said: “These are very challenging and competitive times in the airline industry, and I have been very impressed with Interjet’s success to date.

“Our ‘Value Proposition’ of offering the flying public much more for less along with the customer experience we provide business and leisure travelers have been one of the keys to differentiating Interjet from other carriers in our class, and we will continue to do so.”

Interjet is based in Mexico City carrying more than 13 million passengers annually within Mexico and between Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and South America. It provides service to 53 destinations in nine countries.