Fiji Airways recently announced the appointment of Andrew Viljoen as the airline's new CEO and managing director. Viljoen, the current head of Air Mauritius, will take up the position before October 1.
Viljoen has 33 years of professional experience in the airline and tourism industries and has been the CEO of Air Mauritius since 2010.
“Andre is an experienced airline professional with a strong business and customer focus," said Nalin Patel, chairman of Fiji Airways, in a written release. "We believe he is the perfect person to lead Fiji Airways and will have the full support of the board, together with our experienced management and team.”
Viljoen joins Fiji Airways after its recent transformation, including its rebrand from Air Pacific and upgrade in fleet, and at a stage when it is exploring further commercial opportunities, including new routes.
Viljoen started his airline career with Comair British Airways in South Africa in the 1980’s as its financial manager. He soon earned the position of group financial and commercial director, which he held for more than 10 years. He played an instrumental role in elevating Comair from a small regional airline to becoming South African Airways principal domestic competitor flying the British Airways brand.
In 2009, he joined Air Mauritius, Mauritius’ national airline, initially as chief financial officer and starting in 2010 as CEO.