02 June, 2023

Former UK CAA Director takes on Chief Commercial Officer role at A380 start up Global Airlines

The new start-up carrier that has just purchased its first Airbus A380 aircraft has appointed former UK CAA Director, Richard Stephenson OBE as a board director and chief commercial officer. 

Richard Stephenson has been advising Global Airlines founder and CEO, James Asquith, since last summer and has now taken the post full-time, with more top jobs due to be announced in the next few days. 

Stephenson has a strong pedigree in the UK aviation industry, he started his career on an industrial placement at British Airways in 1998, he spent six years as a director of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, during which he managed some of the biggest crisis situations to hit the sector and vigorously defended consumer rights.

James Asquith, CEO and Founder of Global Airlines said, "I could not be more delighted to welcome Richard to our team. His leadership and vast aviation experience, not to mention his communications, political and consumer background, makes him an invaluable addition to the Global team as we prepare to launch our transatlantic services next spring. We've now acquired our first aircraft, with more to follow soon, and Richard will be instrumental in leading the team responsible for getting us ready to take to the skies."

Richard Stephenson said, "James' vision for Global Airlines is compelling and this is the most exciting role; indeed a dream come true. As the aviation industry continues to thrive, our ambition is to offer passengers the very best service and experience. As aviation lovers, we are committed to bringing the very best to the sky and working with our amazing partners, we will do just that. We have built an excellent team and we are on the cusp of making a number of exciting appointments and announcing some game changing partnerships that will really demonstrate our ambition and determination."

Global Airlines plans to use its fleet of owned A380 aircraft to reinvigorate the flying experience, courtesy of the unrivalled spaciousness offered by the superjumbo. The airline is now in advanced discussions to acquire three more A380 aircraft and is working closely with the relevant authorities and partners to get ready for inaugural flights in the Spring of 2024.