Asian Aviation Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with Raphael Haddad, the president of Jetcraft Commercial, about the recovery in aviation, COVID, leasing, new-generation aircraft and more. Haddad joined Jetcraft in 2015 when he and Chairman Jahid Fazal-Karim launched Jetcraft Commercial. In his role as president, Haddad focuses on global procurement and placement of commercial aircraft and development of commercial aircraft leasing organisations. Haddad has a results-driven record of multi-billion dollar sales achievement, proven success in driving the opening of new markets and their profitability and expertise in advancing marketing campaigns.
His prior experience includes 18 years in commercial aircraft sales for Bombardier Aerospace, where he was lauded for his contribution in placing the Bombardier CSeries with a number of airlines in Europe and the Middle East, as well as the launch of the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft and proliferation of the Q400 in Europe and Africa. Haddad holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Ottawa and a B.Sc. In Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French and resides in Toronto.
In 2014, Jetcraft opened new offices in Australia and Latin America, and launched a commercial aircraft sales division, Jetcraft Commercial. In 2018 Jetcraft expanded to Africa and reorganised as a UK-based organisation with the opening of new London HQ offices. In 2022 Jetcraft celebrated its 60th Anniversary, expanded to the metaverse and became carbon neutral.