Blueberry Aviation names APAC commercial head


PilotBlueberry Aviation has announced the addition of Jon O’Connell to its commercial aircraft team as Commercial Director Asia-Pacific. O’Connell has over 30 years’ experience in aircraft leasing, trading, finance, marketing, technical evaluation and management, and has worked in senior leadership positions for airlines, aircraft manufacturers and leasing companies in various global locations during his extensive, international career in the commercial aviation industry.

Jon O’Connell. (PHOTO: Blueberry Aviation)

In recent years O’Connell was the Dubai-based Chief Commercial Officer for DAE Capital. Before his move to Dubai, as the Managing Director Asia Pacific Sales for AWAS, he had been responsible for AWAS’ regional presence for nearly 15 years having established the Singapore office in 2003. From 1995 to 2001, he was with Airbus’ Commercial Department based in Toulouse as part of the Asset Management team and then in Sydney responsible for aircraft sales in the Asia Pacific region.

“I am thrilled to have Jon join Blueberry Aviation to support our commercial team in the Asia Pacific region,” says Francois Gautier, Founder and CEO of Blueberry Aviation.  “Jon is a skilled and respected aviation professional bringing an invaluable network to Blueberry. His business acumen and outstanding reputation in the aviation world are invaluable assets for us. We are very glad to have him on board and I am sure he will be a great asset for our team and customers.”

“I am excited to be working with Francois and his highly regarded team at Blueberry Aviation, reconnecting with a number of my former Airbus colleagues,” says O’Connell. “With the majority of my aviation career being based in the Asia Pacific region, I look forward to sharing my experience, knowledge and extensive network from within the region, with Blueberry, and identifying bespoke opportunities where we can support our customers in Asia Pacific.


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